Birmingham’s MRI aids childhood disease research

At Birmingham Children’s Hospital are lead radiographer Moira Perrins, consultant radiologist Dr Lesley Macpherson, Philips Healthcare central and west UK district operations manager Ian Mitcham, advanced paediatric radiographer Rachael Scott, specialist paediatric radiographer Simon Whigham, consultant radiologist and head of radiology Dr Helen Alton, Philips MR applications specialist Mark Pike and account manager West Midlands Natalie Parkin. Shaking hands are research director Dr Andrew Peet and Philips district general manager central and west Rob Davies.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital has purchased a Philips Achieva 3.0T TX MRI scanner, that will be mainly dedicated to high end neuro applications.  Although the site already has two 1.5T magnets, this is the hospital’s first 3.0T system with advanced functionality and comes with functional and cardiac capabilities.

A new 3.0T MRI research centre, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, is opening at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Research director of the centre Dr Andrew Peet said:  “These are exciting times for MR research into childhood diseases.  Having a state-of-the-art research scanner embedded in a children’s hospital is a fantastic opportunity for us to see real clinical benefit from these emerging techniques.”

See the full report on page 23 of the July 2012 issue of RAD Magazine.

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