The Houston Methodist Translational Imaging Center provides clinicians and researchers across the Texas Medical Center with access to the most advanced, high-performance imaging equipment to create a direct translational environment for innovation. The center supports preclinical and clinical investigative studies and provides magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) with an on-site cyclotron and a preclinical imaging clinic to perform multimodality imaging studies on preclinical study models.

The center separates preclinical and clinical research areas and provides comfortable waiting and recovery areas for clinical research participants to ensure a pleasant experience for patients participating in research studies.

Through a Siemens Healthineers and Houston Methodist multi-year consortium agreement, one of the world’s most powerful MRI machines – the Siemens 7 Tesla (7T) MAGNETOM Terra – is the first 7T MRI of its kind in Texas and is the first 7T MRI scanner approved for clinical use in the U.S.

The facilities of the Translational Imaging Center that provide high-performance imaging include:

Cyclotron and Radiopharmaceutical Core cGMP
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Positron Emission Tomography
Preclinical Imaging




Scientific Director

Christof Karmonik, PhD

Christof Karmonik, PhD
Scientific Director,
Translational Imaging Center



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To learn more or to schedule resources for the center, download our brochure.

Administrative Support

Marcos Gonzales