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Cambridge extends world leading role for medical imaging with powerful new brain and body scanners
The next generation of imaging technology, newly installed at the University of Cambridge, will give researchers an unprecedented view of the human body – in particular of the myriad connections within our brains and of tumours as they grow and respond to treatment – and could pave the way for development of treatments personalised for individual patients.
The equipment, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK, sits within the newly-refurbished Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (WBIC), which today celebrates two decades at the forefront of medical imaging.
These scanners, together with refurbished PRISMA and Skyra 3T MRI scanners at the WBIC and at the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, will make the Cambridge Biomedical Campus the best-equipped medical imaging centre in Europe.
7T Medical Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner
The Siemens 7T Terra scanner – which refers to the ultrahigh strength of its magnetic field at 7 Tesla – will allow researchers to study at unprecedented levels of detail the workings of the brain and how it encodes information such as individual memories. Current 3T MRI scanners can image structures 2-3mm in size, whereas the new scanner has a resolution of just 0.5mm, the size of a coarse grain of sand.
The new GE Healthcare PET/MR scanner brings together two existing technologies: positron emission tomography (PET), which enables researchers to visualise cellular activity and metabolism, and magnetic resonance (MR), which is used to image soft tissue for structural and functional details.
The third new piece of imaging equipment to be installed is a GE Healthcare hyperpolarizer, which is already up and running at the facility.
Media coverage: Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre has been equipped with some of the world’s most powerful magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) scanners Guardian
Adapted from University of Cambridge News
Posted on 25/10/2016
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