Institute News Summer 2013 Issue 28

New Scanner Delivered to Martinos Imaging Center

A crew delivers the new 3-tesla MRI scanner to the McGovern Institute on July 25 2013. Photo: Doreen Reuchsel
A crew delivers the new 3-tesla MRI scanner to the McGovern Institute on July 25 2013. Photo: Doreen Reuchsel

The McGovern Institute for Brain Research is installing a new 3-tesla MRI scanner for human neuroimaging. After months of planning and construction, the $2M scanner, a Siemens Magnetom Trio, was delivered to the Martinos Imaging Center on July 25.

The core of the scanner is a large electromagnet, weighing around 13 tons and containing superconducting coils that are chilled in liquid helium to within a few degrees of absolute zero. It is housed in a custom-built room, with a specially reinforced floor to support the scanner’s weight, and with some 5000 steel panels to shield the system from RF interference.

The acquisition of the new scanner was made possible by Bruce Dayton, Jeffrey and Nancy Halis, the Simons Foundation, and an anonymous donor. The scanner is expected to be fully operational by the fall, and will be used for a wide range of studies on brain function, in both children and adults.

Click here to view a photo album of the installation.

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