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Queensland and Siemens link up on MRI system

The University of Queensland has entered into an agreement with technology leader Siemens to install a powerful MRI system on the university's campus.

The Siemens MAGNETOM 7T MRI will be more than twice as strong as any other MRI system now available in the Southern Hemisphere.

The MRI will be housed in the Centre for Advanced Imaging complex, under construction at the university’s St Lucia campus. It is hoped installation will be completed by early 2013.

According to David Reutens, director of the Centre for Advanced Imaging, the new system will benefit research into neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, stroke, epilepsy, motor neurone disease, brain tumours, and multiple sclerosis.

“The 7 Tesla system provides a quantum leap in imaging sensitivity, being 140,000 times stronger than the Earth’s magnetic field, enabling incredibly detailed images of human anatomy down to the cellular level,” he said in a statement on 21 July.

The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research is supporting the National Imaging Facility through the Education Investment Fund. The project will receive matching funds from Queensland university.