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CMFT and University of Manchester unveil new PET-MR scanner

pet scanner openingChairman Kathy Cowell and Deputy Chief Executive Gill Heaton joined Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell, and Chancellor Lemn Sissay to open the PET-MR scanner that will enable enhanced research in dementia.

One of only seven PET-MR scanners in the UK has opened at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester under the auspices of the Division of Informatics, Imaging and Data Sciencesas part of a multi-million pound project, a pivotalmoment for imaging at Manchester. The project alsofunded the refurbishment of a shelled spaceadjacent to the Nuclear Medicine Department on theCMFT site.

The scanner, manufactured by GE Healthcare, was funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) as part of the Dementias Platform UK initiative and will enable enhanced research in dementia. As a partner in DPUK, the University is now becoming involved in multi-centre trials into dementia and a number of exciting imaging studies have already been funded to use the scanner.

The refurbishment was co-funded by the MRC, University and Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and the space was designed specifically for dementia patients, including the inventive use of colour.

The event featured speeches from Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell, Kathy Cowell OBE, Chairman of the Board of CMFT and Lemn Sissay MBE who unveiled a poem especially commissioned for the opening.

Prof Alan Jackson, Professor of Neuroradiology andthe PET-MR academic lead said: "The suite is a testament to an incredible team effort involving the University, CMFT and contractors and puts Manchester at the forefront of imaging research."

Professor Nigel Hooper, Director of Dementia Research and Vice Dean for Research and Innovation in FBMH, said: "This event marked the culmination of over three years of work since the MRC bid first went in and will deliver a step change in our dementia research activity."