New Advanced MRI Scanner to Strengthen Research at UNMC

Advanced MRI scanner. (Photo courtesy UNMC)
January 9, 2019 - 12:18pm

An advanced MRI scanner has been unveiled by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. It’s a research tool UNMC says will allow the university to better compete with elite research institutions in the country. 

The Siemens Prisma MRI scanner, with a price tag of roughly $4 million for the hardware and installation, will be open for researchers in the fields of neurological sciences, psychiatry, cardiology and neurosurgery.

In an interview provided by UNMC, Tony Wilson, who is an associate professor for the Department of Neurological Sciences at the university, said the new MRI scanner is a game-changer for brain research in Omaha.

“It will make our existing research program much, much stronger when we go for federal funding from the NIH and others," Wilson said. "And I think it will really help grow the research enterprise in Omaha and really the region.”

Installation of the MRI scanner was completed on December 3 and research studies are already underway.



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