Scotland’s first 7.0T scanner is manoeuvred into position

Glasgow University Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital has taken delivery of Scotland’s first 7.0T MRI scanner.  The Siemens Magnetom Terra will be used to carry out research into a variety of conditions such as strokes, vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy.

The 18-tonne magnet core was inched down an alleyway by crane before being manoeuvred into position through a hole in the wall at the new ICE building constructed to house the department.

The environment to house the scanner was created by specialist Scottish contractor IDM (UK) Limited, which installed hi-tech service to support the scanner, with the magnetic and radiofrequency shielding manufactured and installed by Envirotect Limited.  This technology will enable the magnet to be cooled to minus 269°C.

A team of Siemens engineers has been busy completing the scanner installation, calibration, testing and commissioning.  Head of Glasgow University’s College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak sees its arrival as an endorsement of the pioneering work already carried out by the university.

Envirotect Limited manufacturers and supplies products such as lead lined door sets, x-ray screens, observation windows, lead vinyl and lead glass as well as RF cages and steel shielding for MRI scanners.

The project was recently covered by the BBC and you can read the full report by clicking on the following link: