About us

A European Centre of Excellence in Ultra-High-Field MRI has been established in Maastricht, the Netherlands – pooling the expertise of an international group of technological, clinical and academic organisations.

Under the umbrella of Brains Unlimited, it provides a unique, integrated platform that combines state-of-the art technology with know-how (and access to patients) and internationally renowned expertise in post-acquisition processing of data in relation to Ultra-High-Field human MRI.

A newly constructed facility houses three Ultra-High-Field MRI scanners of 9.4, 7, and 3 Tesla which are intertwined in functions:

  • The 3T Prisma scanner is very advanced and multipurpose, making it attractive for many kinds of clinical applications.
  • The 7T scanner is on the edge of the clinic and developing the next wave of scientific breakthroughs – which if required could then be translated to utility at 3T.
  • The 9.4T is being developed for clinical purposes, based on the experience with the 3 Tesla and 7 Tesla machines, and will provide unparalleled insights into the working of the brain and body.

Scannexus is the commercial vehicle for the management of this facility, as well as providing a single transactional entity for the development and delivery of projects utilising the scanner facility and elements carried out within our clinical and academic partners. This facility and delivery network will provide a range of services to pharma and biotech partners with an interest in understanding disease, measuring response to treatment and visualising therapeutic impact.

In addition, Scannexus provides the professional interface for the Executive education programme in the principles and applications of MRI.

The location will also house spin-off companies (in a new, dedicated incubator building) and new accommodation for the staff of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University.

The Brains Unlimited project is made possible thanks to a subsidy from the European Union, allocated as part of the Operational Programme South Netherlands. Also, the Province of Limburg, Maastricht University and the City of Maastricht invested substantially in this project. Other important partners include Siemens Healthcare, Forschungszentrum Jülich and MUMC+.