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New imaging system launched

As Australia’s only research-dedicated scanner of its kind, it offers new insights into the brain and body through simultaneous images produced by magnetic resonance (MR) and positron emission tomography (PET).

The MR-PET scanner will initially focus on medical device development, as well as studies in mental health, ageing, and understanding brain structure, function and metabolism.

At the launch, Professor Ian Smith, Vice-Provost (Research and Research Infrastructure) said the MR-PET scanner was a key part of a new Monash-CSIRO partnership, the Biomedical Materials Translational Facility.

“Two of Australia’s research powerhouses, Monash and CSIRO, can use this research tool to strengthen our global competitiveness in biomedical sciences,” Professor Smith said.

Professor Gary Egan, Director of Monash Biomedical Imaging, said the MR-PET’s true capabilities were still being uncovered.

“By collaborating with other institutions and industry, we hope to develop novel non-invasive MR-PET imaging techniques to accelerate our biomedical research,” Professor Egan said.

“Having such a powerful scanner located alongside the Australian Synchrotron will also attract world-leading researchers to the Clayton precinct, and offer unmatched training opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers,” he added.

The MR-PET scanner at MBI was established with support from the Science and Industry Endowment Fund and Siemens Healthcare.

Watch the MR-PET scanner video on the MBI website to learn more about its capabilities.