The NextGen Precision Health Building and its Most Powerful MRI Scanner

The Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health Building will be home to innovative research, treatment and technologies, including the most powerful MRI scanner in the state

Sept. 24, 2021

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Brian Consiglio: The University of Missouri will hold its grand opening for the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health Building on October 8th. The building will be home to important research, treatments, and innovative technologies, including the most powerful MRI scanner in the state.

The NextGen Precision Health Building aims to accelerate innovations in precision health care throughout Missouri and the world. Talissa Altes, the chair of the MU School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology said the device will allow researchers to learn much more about patients’ diseases.

Altes: “With that increased image clarity that we get, we can actually see and measure changes in those very small structures of the brain, early.”

Consiglio: The MRI scanner, also known as a magnetic resonance imaging scanner, weighs more than 25 tons and was lowered into the building with a crane. Executive vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Missouri James Bertran of Siemens Healthineers says this model’s improved magnet will provide clean and crisp images to aid the researchers, similar to an HD TV.

Bertran: “The quality of a TV’s in 1985 versus ultra-high definition TV’s today. The clarity and resolution you could get today is unmatched from what you could get in 1985. That’s the difference between a 3T magnet and a 7T magnet.”

Consiglio: For more on the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health Building, visit precisionhealth.missouri.edu.

I’m Brian Consiglio with a Spotlight on Mizzou.

Learn more about NextGen here

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