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New MRI technology enhances research

Advanced magnetic resonance imaging technology is coming to the Keck School of Medicine this summer to enhance faculty research activities.

A 3-tesla magnetic resonance imaging system (3T MRI) has been secured through a grant from the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health. Slated for heart and brain research, Gerald Pohost, professor of medicine, and Manbir Singh, professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, were instrumental in obtaining the funds to establish this new technology and will serve as principal investigators on the project.

Developed by General Electric (GE), the 3T MRI features clearer images and faster scanning than previous models, making it an important resource for a wide variety of imaging/spectroscopy research at the Keck School.

The system will be installed in the lower level of Healthcare Consultation Center II (HCCII) building and operated by Department of Radiology faculty. Arnie Ramirez, chief technologist and an experienced operator of 3T MRI, was recently hired to assist faculty with using the technology.

Ed Grant, chair of the Department of Radiology and director of the radiology facility in HCCII, will host an information luncheon May 2 for faculty to learn more about the 3T MRI capabilities. “We want to inform interested faculty about how to incorporate this advanced MR imaging into their research and upcoming grant applications,” he said. “This technology has research possibilities that extend to many areas of medicine.”

The luncheon will begin at noon in the 3rd floor conference room at the Doheny Eye Institute and will feature faculty speakers from various departments as well as General Electric. To r.s.v.p.., contact Susana Fung in radiology at (323) 442-8541 or by e-mail at sfung@usc.edu.

For more information and updates on the 3T MRI project, visit http://3tmri.usc.edu.

New MRI technology enhances research

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