World's Largest Medical Imaging Magnet Arrives at University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota is now home to a 110-ton medical imaging magnet—the largest and most powerful of its kind in the world.
The titanic magnet arrived on campus on Friday, Dec. 6, and will eventually be installed in the university's Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. There, the new magnet will allow researchers to produce intricately-detailed images of the human brain and human body. The magnet is also expected to play a critical role in a 10-year, $100 million Human Connectome Project. The national study seeks to map the brain.
The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) magnet, built in Oxford, England, will produce 10.5 Teslas, a unit of measurement that describes the strength of a magnetic field. By comparison, most medical MRIs utilize magnets rated 1.5 – 3 Teslas or lower.
U of M Surgeons Perform Midwest's First Breathing Lung Transplant
Surgeons at the University performed the region's first breathing lung transplant using new technology that pumps air and blood through the donor lungs even as they are being transported from one hospital to another.
Previously, donated lungs had to be placed on ice for transplantation and then thawed before surgery—a process that could damage the organ. The new device simulates the environment found inside a human body, putting less stress on the transplanted tissue, according to proponents of the procedure.
The new procedure may lead to shorter recovery times for patients and fewer post-transplant complications, according to Gabriel Loor, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon with University of Minnesota Physicians. "It is a real, pivotal event in transplantation," Loor said.
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