University College Hospital (UCH), London has purchased the UK’s first Biograph mMR hybrid molecular MR system (pictured) from Siemens Healthcare.
In the same month, the hospital’s Institute of Nuclear Medicine brought together clinical scientists to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
The Biograph mMR – one of the first to be installed in Europe – will be housed in the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre and used for diagnosis and planning of patient treatment, as well as research.
The world’s first simultaneous whole-body PET-MRI scanner. the Biograph mMR has won the red dot design award 2011 and the Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award 2011 for its integrated design and scanning capabilities.
At the Institute of Nuclear Medicine’s 50th anniversary, Bruce Rosen, Professor of Radiology, Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard Medical School, gave a lecture on the future of combined PET and MR.
UCH Chairman Richard Murley thanked the UCLH Charity for funding the purchase of the new scanner.
Professor Peter Ell, former Head of the Institute of Nuclear Medicine, summed up half a century of medical imaging, including the first European nuclear medicine brain scanner in the 1970s; the first dedicated mobile renal function apparatus in the 1980s; and the introduction of PET-CT in cancer management.