“We are honored and delighted to work with the University of Iowa to provide ultra high-field strength MR imaging capabilities to help study patients with a variety of brain disorders.„
Jacques Coumans, PhD,
General Manager of GE Healthcare
The purchase of the GE equipment
for research use will be funded with
a National Institutes of Health (NIH)
high-end instrumentation grant
awarded to Vincent Magnotta, PhD,
in the Department of Radiology at
University of Iowa Hospitals and
Clinics (Iowa City, IA).
The GE 7.0T MR imaging scanner‡‡
will provide ultra high-field, whole body
scanning capabilities for MRI research.
It will be housed in the University’s
new Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery
Institute, currently under construction.
It is being acquired by the University
of Iowa to support the research efforts
of 33 funded National Institutes of
Health investigators from six colleges
(medicine, nursing, engineering, public
health, liberal arts and sciences, and
business) with more than 40 NIH grants.
The University of Iowa’s wide range of interest include:
Functional brain mapping
High-resolution anatomical imaging of the brain
Spectroscopy of the brain
Evaluation of tumor response to treatment
This group of researchers from the
University of Iowa has a wide range
of interests including functional brain
mapping, high-resolution anatomical
imaging of the brain, spectroscopy
of the brain, evaluation of tumor
response to treatment, and
“We are honored and delighted to work
with the University of Iowa to provide
ultra high-field strength MR imaging
capabilities to help study patients
with a variety of brain disorders,”
said Jacques Coumans, PhD, General
Manager of GE Healthcare’s premium
MRI business. “A 7.0T MRI research system
has the ability to provide increased
image resolution and sensitivity to
help accelerate translational research.
This collaboration is an excellent
representation of how academic-industrial partnerships can help define
new directions with the goal of facilitating
more immediate health improvements
and better outcomes.”
Three medical device vendors participated
in a competitive proposal process for
the research scanner purchase.
‡‡Investigational Device not commercially available. Limited by
law to investigational use in compliance with applicable local
ethics and research requirements.