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Danish National 7 Tesla MR Project

7T log finalThe national 7-tesla MRI scanner was installed after generous donations from the John and Birthe Meyer Foundation and the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation. This scanner is the most powerful and the only one of its kind in Denmark, and has been officially in use since 2016. The scanner is dedicated for research only.


The aim of the Danish National 7 Tesla Project is to provide a state-of-the-art facility for cutting edge imaging research open to all researchers in Denmark. The installed 7 tesla ultra-high field human MR scanner is equipped with the latest hardware and it will keep Denmark in a leading position within imaging research. This setup fosters close collaborations across centres, both nationally and internationally, and the good synergy will therefore ensure a fast progress, not only within imaging sciences but also in basic science and clinical research.


The installed Philips Achieva 7.0 T is an actively shielded magnet. It is ideal for very high-resolution functional and structural imaging at submillimeter isotropic resolutions not possible on the clinical scanners. The ultra-high field also results in a significant improvement of spectroscopy, which is used to measure the metabolic status of the tissue.

7t scanner


The national 7 tesla scanner is located at Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen. A steering committee oversees the scientific contents and progress of the facility, and an executive committee coordinates and ensures quality in the proposed 7T projects according to the guidelines set by the steering committee.


The study activities on the 7 tesla MRI are coordinated by the executive committee of the Danish National 7 Tesla MR Project. In addition, the 7T system is not CE-marked; consequently, approval from not only the local ethical committee but also the Danish Medicines Agency is required in order to conduct human studies on the system. Therefore, to get started with a project as a Principal Investigator at one of the Danish education or health institutions, you need to follow a series of steps:

How to conduct a study on 7T

Steering Committee

Jørgen Frøkiær, Chair

Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Aarhus, Denmark

Hartwig Siebner, Vice chair

Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen, Denmark

Jakob Hendel, Hospital Management

Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre, Denmark

Claus Leth Petersen, Head of radiology

Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre, Denmark

Birte Yding Glenthøj

Center for Neuropsychiatric Schizophrenia Research, Mental Health Services, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark

Gitte Moos Knudsen

Neurobiology Research Unit, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark

Henrik Larsson

Functional Imaging Unit, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark

Torben Lund

Department of Clinical Medicine, Center for Funktionelt Integrativ Neurovidenskab, Aarhus, Denmark

Hanne Krarup Christensen

Department of Clinical Medicine, Copenhagen University Hospital, Bispebjerg, Denmark

Carsten Thomsen

Radiology, Køge Hospital, Denmark

Lars G. Hanson

Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen, Denmark

Karam Sidaros

Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen, Denmark

Esben Thade Petersen

Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen, Denmark

Karin Markenroth Bloch

Swedish National 7T MRI Facility, Medical Radiation Physics, Lund, Sweden

Jens Bo Nielsen

Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Copenhagen University, Denmark

Kim Brixen

Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

Jens Brøndum Frøkjær

Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark

Lars Kai Hansen

Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark

Torsten Ringberg

Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Søren Kyllingsbæk

Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark