UT, Siemens partner on imaging research

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The University of Tennessee recently announced a $4 million research partnership with Siemens Medical Solutions for the development of medical imaging technology.
According to Way Kuo, dean of the UT College of Engineering, in comments relating to the deal, the agreement resulted from the university's relationship with manufacturer of PET scanner and other products CTI Molecular Imaging, located in Knoxville, Tenn. Several CTI founders are UT alumni, though sealing the connection was Siemens’ recent acquisition of CTI
The $4 million investment will take place over five years. Siemens will contribute $3.5 million with the other amounts coming from government agencies. The technology to be developed will have some additional applications such as homeland security, energy resource exploration, and other scientific applications.

The Scintillation Materials Research Center will house the research to be headed by Chuck Melcher, formerly a Siemens scientist. The lab is expected to be up-and-running sometime in summer 2006.