Scientific Director: Prof. Dr. Matthias Brand
Managing Director: Judith Kösters

The Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (ELH) was founded in 2005 as a central institution of the University of Duisburg-Essen and the Radboud University Nijmegen. The Institute is dedicated to the research, development and application of ultra high field magnetic resonance imaging (UHF-MRI). A key focus is on the cognitive neurosciences and clinical diagnostic imaging.

The centrepiece of the Institute is a 32-tonne whole-body ultra high field magnetic reson­ance imaging scanner operating at a magnetic field strength of 7 Tesla. Compared with the 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla MRI systems currently used for clinical imaging throughout the world, the 7 Tesla UHF-MRI system provides a much higher sensitivity for structural and functional measurements in the human body. Thus, cross-sectional images with excellent image contrast and very high detail resolution can be produced.