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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 02/22/02
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Whole Body MRI at UC Center For Imaging Research

Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine has purchased a high-field (4 Tesla) whole-body human Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system in order to create the Center for Imaging Research (UCCIR). This new center will serve as a core facility for UC to provide state-of-the-art technology to scientists who are advancing treatments in a number of human illnesses, including stroke, depression, epilepsy, heart disease, obesity and bipolar disorder.

MRI has important advantages over other technologies used to study human subjects, in that it does not use ionizing radiation like x-ray or CT scans. MRI allows scientists to examine the structure, activity and chemistry of the brain, heart or other vital organs in living people. These studies will help UC researchers stay on the forefront of new treatment developments for these various conditions.

The UCCIR represents the combined investment of the UC College of Medicine with several key departments, including the Department of Psychiatry, Department of Radiology and Department of Biomedical Engineering. Construction on the UCCIR will begin this Spring and the new MRI system will be delivered in early Fall 2002. This investment represents the UC College of Medicine's strong commitment to excellence in human research and treatment development.

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