New Edinburgh diagnostic imaging centre improves early detection
01 Dec 2010
The Clinical Research Imaging Centre (CRIC) is a fully
integrated medical imaging facility to improve diagnosis and treatment
of illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.
Recently opened by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, it is a
collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian. It features a Magnetom Verio 3Tesla MRI and a Biograph
mCT PET-CT system from Siemens Healthcare.
The facility will allow earlier detection and a deeper
understanding of conditions without invasive procedures such as
biopsies or angiograms. The Magnetom Verio 3T MRI provides highly
detailed diagnostic imaging allowing researchers to conduct
neurology, oncology and musculoskeletal scans with ease. Its large
70cm bore enables greater flexibility and can accommodate a wider
range of patients to allow clinicians to capture sharper images due
to less anxiety-related movement.
Image of a patient’s brain stem using MR diffusion tractography
techniques from the Magnetom Verio 3T MRI from Siemens Healthcare.
The Biograph mCT PET-CT system combines CT technology with High
Definition PET to provide a greater depth of information during one,
noninvasive examination. It adapts to virtually any patient and any
clinical need with higher resolution, contrast and speed. The
ability to visualise the metabolic functions of the body and the
patient’s anatomy at the same time also means diseased tissue can be
more accurately located, ensuring the patient is given the most
appropriate course of treatment. Novel tracers will also be used to
investigate tissue inflammation to help identify heart and lung
diseases as well as helping to identify neurological changes such as
multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Professor Edwin Van Beek, Director of the Clinical Research
Imaging Centre, said, “There have been dramatic advances in imaging
over the past decade, changing the way we look at disease and our
understanding of the biological processes involved. Now rather than
simply looking at the structures of the body — such as the heart and
the brain — we can look at how organs are functioning in real time.
This will not only help us better understand disease but it will
assist us improve both diagnosis and treatments.”
Professor David Newby, Head of Research and Development for NHS
Lothian, who also holds the British Heart Foundation John Wheatley
Chair of Cardiology, said, “This world-leading new centre brings
together the very latest imaging technologies in a single facility.
With the University of Edinburgh’s world-leading clinical research,
this will allow a major improvement in our ability rapidly to
investigate and understand the most serious and distressing diseases
in our patients.”
“The relationship between the Clinical Research Imaging Centre
and Siemens Healthcare is developing into a long-standing
partnership. The installation of the Magnetom Verio 3T MRI and a
Biograph mCT PET-CT system will help CRIC to drive clinical research
and advancements,” said Dr. Craig Buckley, UK Scientific Support for
Magnetic Resonance Systems at Siemens Healthcare. “This is a
fantastic collaboration for both of us to advance imaging innovation
and move forward the prevention, detection and understanding of
clinical conditions and disease.”
The Clinical Research Imaging Centre has been created by the
University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian, with funding from the
British Heart Foundation, Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust,
and other charities and private supporters.