U of Illinois researchers to study animals with MRI scanner

URBANA, Ill. — Researchers at the University of Illinois will now be able to closely study mice, rats, pigs and songbirds with the arrival of the university's first MRI scanner dedicated to animal research. The News-Gazette reports that the Bruker 9.4-Tesla MRI has been installed at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. The $6 million scanner should be up and running in about three weeks. Brad Sutton is technical director of Beckman’s Biomedical Imaging Center. He says the institute has wanted the scanner for a few years now.

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