World’s first Fast Field Cycling MRI scanner developed in Aberdeen

Patients in Scotland have become the first in the world to experience the Fast Field Cycling magnetic resonance imaging equipment. The scanner developed by a team at the University of Aberdeen has since been likened to “100 MRIs in one”.

The aim of the machine is to extract more information than a traditional MRI by switching the strength of the scanner’s magnetic field during the process.

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So far, the patients involved with the new equipment have all suffered strokes. It is hoped that the extra information that can be provided by the new MRIs (that took a decade to be fully developed) will help doctors to better plan treatment and monitor recovery.

Prof David Lurie, who led the team told BBC Scotland: “Because Fast Field Cycling scanners can switch their magnetic field, it is almost like having 100 different MRI scanners in one.

“This gives an extra dimension to the data collected from each patient, greatly expanding the diagnostic potential.”

One of the very first patients to use the scanner, Richard Johnson, 81, said: “This is a very exciting project. I am full of admiration for the development and construction of this sophisticated machine, and the aims behind it. I wouldn’t have missed this interesting session for the world.”

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