New MRI center in construction at Purdue Research Park

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The Purdue Research Center in Purdue, Ind., reported that it is building a 7,800 square-foot MRI center, called InnerVision West, for patient care and research purposes.

"The MRI center is a partnership among Purdue University, Purdue Research Foundation, St. Elizabeth Regional Health, Unity Health Care and GE Healthcare," said France Córdova, Purdue president. "The center will provide both a healthcare service for the public and a valuable research tool for the university,” said Córdova.

Previously, Purdue University collaborated with GE Healthcare to develop safety studies for GE's fastscan magnetic resonance techniques and the university also partnered with GE Healthcare on the company's CT systems.

Stephen Matthews, MD, director of InnerVision Advance Medical Imaging, said they are very pleased to bring 3- Tesla MRI to the community.  The 3T-MRI system will particularly benefit procedures, such as MR angiography; neurological and brain imaging; spine studies; orthopedic, including elbow, wrist, hip, knee, foot and ankle; prostate; pelvis; abdominal; spectroscopy; brain fiber tracking; and functional neuroimaging.

The new machine will scan approximately 8 patients per day, with individual scan times of 30 to 60 minutes. The center will be staffed by 3 to 5 people.