Thunder Bay uses Philips 3T MRI for $12M HIFU research

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The Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute has initiated a $12 million image-guided interventions research platform with the acquisition of two 3T MRI scanners from Philips Healthcare to investigate the different application of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU).

One will be used for translational research at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, the other for joint research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.

Scientists at the Ontario-based institute, in partnership with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Philips, will use the MRI scanners to investigate different applications of HIFU therapy in treating cancer tumors and develop new medical devices for the international market.

HIFU uses heat to destroy tumors; since MRIs can monitor temperature changes in tissues, scientists can readily assess the result of the HIFU therapy.