The Sheffield PET-MRI scanner is set in a purpose built state-of-the-art facility that is attached to the existing University of Sheffield MRI unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. It will provide unprecedented views of inside the human body by combining the power of both MRI and PET images in a single scan. It will help our scientists and medics to tackle some of the most devastating diseases affecting millions of people.
The scanner is a 3T GE PET-MRI system that is equipped with a time of flight PET detector and full multi-nuclear MRI capability for complementary functional and structural imaging of the whole-body. There are huge advantages in combining the ability of PET to detect and quantify disease processes with the ability of MRI to provide detailed anatomical and functional information.
The new facility will enhance our medical research, and allow us to take exciting discoveries into clinical trials to give patients in Yorkshire access to ground-breaking new treatments.
Following an appeal, launched by the University of Sheffield in 2017, the new PET-MRI facility was supported by thousands of donations from people across the region and around the globe, who helped bring the revolutionary scanner to Yorkshire.