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FLI: France Life Imaging

Published on 30 January 2015
France Life Imaging (FLI) is a National Infrastructure in Biology and Health that coordinates and standardizes French technological research in preclinical and clinical imaging. It offers equipment covering all types of imaging at the highest level of development to the scientific community.

Its missions

  • Coordinate at the national level in vivo research activities in imaging and unite skills to overcome current technological barriers, directing efforts at: contrast agents and diagnostic biomarkers, processing of images, instrumentation and technological innovation, interventional imaging and therapy technologies guided by imaging
  • Provide  scientists, academics, and industry the access to a complete range of imaging technologies (150 imaging systems) and integrated, standardized high-quality systems 
  • Offer trainings associated with imaging platforms
Multimodal imaging of the brain .These images of the brain were obtained by superimposing MRI images that provide information on brain anatomy with images acquired by positron emission tomography (PET), which provide functional data. Here, PET allows the study of functional modifications to dopaminergic circuits. Changes are observed in many diseases, including addiction, schizophrenia, and Parkinson’s disease.  
Crédit : SHFJ/CEA



6 renowned university centers (Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille, Grenoble, Paris Sud, Paris Centre), CEA, INSERM, CNRS, INRIA


FLI is organized into six regional nodes: Paris Sud (which includes CEA teams involved in this infrastructure), Paris Centre, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lyon and Marseille. An additional transverse node is dedicated to data management and analysis. FLI coordinates its research by 4 axes: imaging agents, instrumentation, image processing, and interventional imaging.

FLI at the CEA


The DSV teams involved in the FLI are part of the CEA-I2BM. They are attached to the Service Hospitalier Frédéric Joliot, NeuroSpin and MIRCen. They provide their expertise in the following areas:

  • Technological innovation and instrumentation, especially for high-field MRI
  • Multimodal imaging (PET, MRI) and its applications
  • Management and processing of information (images, biological and genetic information)
  • Imaging agents (labeling of macromolecules)
  • Interventional imaging (treatments by ultrasound under MRI)





Franck Lethimonnier, from the Institute of Biomedical Imaging CEA-I2BM




The DSV contributes to FLI by providing its technological knowledge. It develops new generation radiofrequency antennae for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Here, the test of a prototype is carried out at Neurospin, at the CEA center in Saclay.
Crédit : PF.Grosjean/CEA



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