University of Michigan health system invests $42.9M in medical imaging
The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) in Ann Arbor, Mich., has announced a $42.9 million plan to expand its facilities for medical imaging and image-guided procedures.

The University Regents approved $32.7 million worth of radiology facilities, including CT and MRI, interventional radiology and breast imaging. The new projects join a prior $10.2 million plan to move nuclear cardiology facilities from University Hospital to the new U-M Cardiovascular Center.

“We’re investing in capital equipment projects that will allow us to stay on the cutting edge of rapidly evolving medical technology, improve patient access, and advance our researchers’ studies of new imaging techniques,” says N. Reed Dunnick, MD, the Fred Jenner Hodges, professor and chair of the department of radiology. “The expansions will help us respond to the growing demand for imaging and interventional procedures, and be ready for further growth in coming years.”

By the time the projects are completed in late 2008 and early 2009, the expansion will give many more patients faster access to UMHS radiology services, including some services available at few other medical centers across the country. It will also allow university radiologists to continue developing new techniques as part of a nationally known research program, Dunnick said.

The projects approved include:
  • Interventional radiology ($21.1 million renovation)
  • Nuclear cardiology ($10.2 million new cardiovascular center)
  • MRI ($8 million new equipment and renovation)
  • Breast imaging ($3.6 million renovation)
Two new CT scanners and one new MRI scanner were approved to be installed in University Hospital, and a breast-imaging and stereotactic biopsy area in the Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The projects will be funded entirely from U-M Hospitals and Health Centers reserves, without direct funding from the state or the University’s general fund. The additional scanners will also need approval from the State of Michigan’s Certificate of Need committee, according to UMHS.