Delivery of a 15-ton magnet
that will be installed in a new, state-of-the-art magnetic resonance
imaging (MRI) system at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of
Medicine Medical Sciences Building.
Stephen Strakowski, MD,
is professor of psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience and biomedical
engineering, and director of the UC College of Medicine Center for
Imaging Research (CIR). With significant contributions from several key
departments, including Psychiatry, Radiology and Biomedical
Engineering, the UC College of Medicine established the new clinical
research core to provide the highest level of human imaging studies.
The 15-ton donut-shaped magnet is scheduled to arrive at 2 p.m. on October 29,
and the new MRI system is expected to be fully functional by January
2003. UC will have the only 4 Tesla MRI operating in the state of Ohio
and one of only 12 such sites in the world.
The College of Medicine Medical Sciences Building receiving entrance, where floors and elevators have been reinforced to withstand the immense weight of the huge magnet.
The new center will serve as a core facility to
advance investigations at UC 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 image human beings, especially in that it does not use ionizing
radiation for images. Thus, MRI allows scientists to examine the
structure, activity and chemistry of the brain, heart or other vital
organs in living people. It also offers a more detailed image of
malfunctions or chemical imbalances in the brain than ever possible
with previous approaches.