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State-of-the-art scanner delivered to campus imaging centre

A state-of-the-art MRI scanner will open up exciting new research and educational opportunities at the Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre (CISC) on the University of Sussex campus.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners use strong magnetic fields and radio waves to create images of the body, without harmful ionizing radiation.

The new Siemens 3T MRI scanner, partly sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, was delivered on 21 May. It took four hours for a massive 250-ton capacity crane to winch the scanner, which has an 11.4-ton magnet and weighs 13 tons in total, into the CISC building. 

Professor Mara Cercignani, Academic Director of CISC, said: “It was amazing to see exactly how you get an 11-ton magnet into a building given the difficult terrain and accessibility.

“The delivery of the new scanner is an exciting and important development, not only for the centre and BSMS, but also for both the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton.

“The 3T scanner will enable us to further develop our world-class research and provide better scanning facilities for local patients.”

Alongside cutting-edge research and teaching, CISC delivers diagnostic imaging services to NHS patients from Brighton and Sussex using MRI and PET-CT.

CISC is part of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), and has strong links with the School of Psychology and the School of Engineering and Informatics at the University of Sussex.

It facilitates research in areas as diverse as addiction, emotion, consciousness, psychophysiological mechanisms, neurological disorders, cognitive and social performance, inflammatory disorders, cancer, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

One of the areas of particular strength at CISC is imaging neuroscience, in close collaboration with other members of Sussex Neuroscience.

CISC faculty also work closely with colleagues from the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at Sussex, which seeks to unravel the complex neural networks underpinning conscious experience in health and disease.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex and BSMS
Last updated: Friday, 27 October 2017

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