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.
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.
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.