About Us

The MGH Metabolic Imaging Core was founded in 2004 by Martin Torriani, M.D., M.Sc..

Our mission is twofold:

  • to provide imaging services for metabolic research
  • to develop research and education in metabolic and musculoskeletal imaging

Imaging we provide

We have implemented a wide array of advanced non-invasive metabolic investigations using QCT, MRI and MRS, including:

  • Volumetric QCT for BMD
  • QCT for body composition (VAT and SAT)
  • 1H-MRS of marrow
  • 1H-MRS of liver
  • 1H-MRS of muscle (1D and 2D-L-COSY)
  • 1H-MRS of adipose tissue
  • 13C-MRS of adipose tissue
  • Dynamic 31P-MRS of muscle
  • High resolution imaging of joints for cartilage relaxometry (T2, T1rho mapping)
  • High resolution imaging for 3D reconstructions for biomechanics research

We currently work with 14 PIs on 28 active research protocols and perform around 600 scans/year. Most of our studies are performed for NIH-funded PIs, however we also collaborate in many investigator-initiated industry-funded studies.

Our team







Martin Torriani, M.D., M.Sc.

Miriam A. Bredella, M.D.

Leonardo Martinez Salazar, M.D.
Research Fellow

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