New 3 Tesla MRI to boost neuroscience research

A new Toshiba Vantage 3 Tesla MRI scanner was hoisted 7 stories high into its new home at the University at Buffalo’s Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) on April 12. The seven-ton machine was trucked from California to Buffalo on a specially designed tractor-trailer. The new MRI is a key piece of research equipment for the center, and will reduce the dependence of research imaging on other campus magnets that are primarily dedicated for clinical studies. One of the first research teams to use the new facility will be the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC), a division of the UB Department of Neurology. Professor of Neurology Dr. Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD, who directs the BNAC, serves as the director of magnetic resonance imaging for the CTRC. Ongoing and planned studies include development of MRI biomarkers for diagnosing , and managing neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease.

The new MRI being installed at the Clinical and Translational Research Center Photo credits: Sandra Kicman

The new MRI being installed at the Clinical and Translational Research Center
Photo credits: Sandra Kicman

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