Imaging Research Center

The Imaging Research Center (IRC) was established at the University of California at Davis to support MRI research and promote the use of modern MRI-based methods in basic science and clinical investigations of the brain and body.

The IRC is a campus-designated core facility dedicated to serving the entire UC Davis campus, and on a space- and time-available basis, other universities and industry. The IRC oversee and operates MRI systems at two locations: the first at the IRC facility at the UC Davis Health campus in Sacramento, and second at the MRI facility for Integrative Neurosciences in Davis.

Please contact us at with your questions or any of the following:

  • Consultation regarding what type of MRI methods may be most appropriate for your study
  • Assistance with study design, MRI protocol development and image analysis
  • Access to established as well as state-of-the-art MRI pulse sequences and image analysis methods
  • Support for regulatory approvals, such as those from the Institutional Review Board
  • Help with grant writing, including budgeting and letters of support for grants
  • Training for investigators, students and their staff in MRI physics and to perform MRI scans
  • Expert staff-assisted imaging and image analysis

Vision and Mission


  • Our goal is to improve human health and the quality of life by advancing knowledge through imaging studies of the brain and body.


  • Support imaging research that investigates the structure and function of the brain and body in health and disease.
  • Promote the development of state-of-the-art MRI techniques and analysis methods.
  • Provide multidisciplinary training to the next generation of imaging research scientists from diverse backgrounds.
  • Catalyze translational research to improve human health.