Mighty magnet

7 Tesla delivery photoIt’s been a coming attraction since 2010, when Vince Magnotta, PhD, associate professor of radiology, psychiatry, and biomedical engineering, and director of the University of Iowa’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging facility, secured an $8 million National Institutes of Health grant to purchase a 7 Tesla whole body MRI scanner.

In June, the 42-ton magnet was installed in the new Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building on the UI campus. Researchers from multiple UI colleges will use the scanner for studies of neurological processes and orthopedic and cardiovascular imaging, taking advantage of the instrument’s ability to yield clearer, high-resolution images. The UI is one of approximately 20 research institutes in the United States—and about 40 worldwide—with a 7T MRI.