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New scanner will benefit patients across Manchester

13 Dec 2012

Patients across Greater Manchester are set to benefit from a new state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner which was officially opened yesterday (Wednesday).

The new MRI scanner in action

The scanner is hosted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) / Wellcome Trust Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF) on Grafton Street. The ribbon to open the scanner was cut by Mike Deegan, Chief Executive of the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Professor Ian Jacobs, Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences at The University of Manchester and Director of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC).

NIHR CRFs provide dedicated space and staff to support experimental medicine studies and bridge the gap between basic science and the translation into the patient populations. The Manchester CRF received NIHR funding in March 2012 to carry out research into many of the major diseases and illnesses that affect the population of Greater Manchester.

Funding from the Department of Health / NHS Capital Investment to the NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) and investment from The University of Manchester has enabled the procurement of the Philips Achieva 3T MR System, which is being operated and managed by the University’s MR Imaging Facility.

The new scanner will offer higher resolution and superior quality images in a wealth of different research areas compared to the facility’s previous scanner and support the research of the University, Trust and BRU. It will be fully equipped for state-of-the-art cardiac MRI, musculoskeletal MRI and multi-nuclear MR spectroscopy, which will benefit a large number of researchers.

The opening of the new scanner is twinned with a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the NIHR / Wellcome Trust Manchester CRF. Since opening its doors, the facility has supported more than 500 clinical studies with more than 120,000 participant visits recorded.

In 2009 the Wellcome Trust Children’s Clinical Research Facility was launched. Dedicated to carrying out paediatric clinical research, it was the first of its kind in the North West and one of only a small handful across the UK.

Professor Ian Bruce, Medical Director of the NIHR / Wellcome Trust CRF and Reader and Honorary Consultant in the University’s Institute of Inflammation and Repair, said: “With renewed funding from the NIHR and the opening of the new 3T MRI scanner, we will continue to develop our vision of supporting innovation in an environment where new discoveries can be translated into human disease to improve the health and wealth of the nation.”

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Notes for editors

Photographs of the scanner opening are available.

The National Institute for Health Research is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. Since its establishment in April 2006, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research. The NIHR plays a key role in the Government’s strategy for economic growth, attracting investment by the life-sciences industries through its world-class infrastructure for health research. Together, the NIHR people, programmes, centres of excellence and systems represent the most integrated health research system in the world. For further information, visit the NIHR website: www.nihr.ac.uk

For further information please contact:

Lucy Prosser
Web Communications Officer
Manchester Biomedical Research Centre
NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tel: 0161 701 0260
Mob: 07825 142 219
Email: lucy.prosser@cmft.nhs.uk

Or Aeron Haworth
Media Relations
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
The University of Manchester

Tel: 0161 275 8383
Mob: 07717 881563
Email: aeron.haworth@manchester.ac.uk