Chairman of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club Tony Bloom officially opened a new scanning facility at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, which will mean exciting new opportunities for research and treatment.
The new 3T MRI scanner, which weighs 13 ton and has an 11.4 ton magnet, was winched by crane into the Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre (CISC) at the medical school in June, and the scanner was officially launched on 26 October.
The new state-of-the-art Siemens scanner will provide new research and educational possibilities, particularly in the field of neuroscience, along with expanded clinical scanning options for patients.
Tony Bloom said: "The new scanner will give a real boost to the local community, in terms of both state-of-the-art research that will lead to new developments in healthcare, and providing valuable services to local patients."
Professor Mara Cercignani, Academic Director of CISC, said: "Our new MRI facility will allow researchers at the medical school, along with our colleagues at the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton, to further develop our ground-breaking research, truly bringing it into the 'premiership'. Not only that, but we will now be able to scan local patients for a wider range of conditions such as prostate cancer."