Advance your research with an AI-based MRI development platform

Get the operating system and GUI-based design tools you need to quickly create and run your own imaging applications. RTHawk Research MRI software development platform enables highly innovative researchers to:

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Create pulse sequences


Process data
in real-time


Implement advanced reconstruction algorithms


Integrate deep learning algorithms


Integrate with 3rd party devices


Access multi-nuclear imaging


AI MRI development platform that’s powerful and flexible

RTHawk Research was developed for cutting-edge researchers whose MRI applications require real-time imaging, control, and automatic feedback. This proven MRI development platform comes with tools for building and testing advanced MRI applications.



Robust Pulse Sequence Design

Pulse sequences are designed in SpinBench™, a GUI-based design tool. Rapidly create complex sequences from an extensive library of building blocks, including:

  • RF preparation

  • Excitation

  • Readout

  • Spoiling, and more.

Easily integrate your custom plugins into RTHawk Research libraries. Once the pulse sequences are created, they can be tested offline using the fully featured, interactive Bloch simulator.


Advanced Reconstruction

When you’re developing advanced reconstruction pipelines, you need powerful building blocks. RTHawk Research’s reconstruction engine is data-driven and performs in real-time. Reconstruction blocks include:

  • Gridding

  • Parallel imaging

  • Gradient nonlinearity corrections

  • Maxwell corrections

  • Fat/water separation, and more

RTHawk also lets you visualize the pipeline and graphically modify the settings so you can rapidly design and debug. Get high-performance processing by automatically running independent operations in parallel.



Integrated MRI Simulation

A fully featured scanner simulator lets you design new apps without wasting valuable MRI scanner time. The simulator pulls data from the apps to display the user interface and automatically applies the acquisition and reconstruction methods to the simulated phantom.


Academic Research

Leading institutions like Stanford, UCSF, USC, and University of Toronto Sunnybrook are using RTHawk Research to develop apps that support a broad range of MRI research initiatives, such as:



How researchers are currently using RTHawk


RTHawk provides tools for multi-nuclear scanning that surpass anything on the market. Fast calibrations optimize your image quality before it goes away.

UCSF researchers (Shuyu Tang, Peder Larson, Dan Vigneron) use RTHawk to automate the use of 13C contrast agents in human brain and kidney. They are using real-time imaging to track the arrival of the contrast agent in the area of interest, then automatically switching to accurate scanner calibrations and multi-slice, multi-metabolite imaging with high temporal resolution.

See recent research:

Hyperpolarized 13C human kidney imaging

UCSF researchers (Shuyu Tang, Peder Larson, Dan Vigneron)

Hyperpolarized 13C human brain imaging

UCSF researchers (Shuyu Tang, Peder Larson, Dan Vigneron)

For more information, please download RTHawk Research Brochure