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A Close Look Into the Brain

Powerful hybrid device: 9.4-T MR-PET

Insight into the human brain – completely without anaesthesia and scalpel, but more detailed than ever before: at the Jülich Institute of Neurosciences and Biophysics, an internationally unique device will begin operation in 2009: a 9.4-tesla magnetic resonance tomograph (MRT) combined with a positron emission tomograph (PET).

9.4 Tesla MR-PET

With this combined device, scientists will develop new techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological brain diseases. In fact, it delivers images of the human brain of previously unobtainable precision. The reason for this is the magnetic field of the MRT. With a field strength of 9.4 tesla, it is up to six times higher than that of usual devices – and 190,000 times higher than the magnetic field of the Earth.

Combination of MRI and PET

It is the combination of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET), merged in this so far unique device, which opens up new perspectives for researchers. The MRI technique simulates the tissue of the brain, while the simultaneous PET analysis makes the metabolism in the cells visible by means of a very weak radioactive substance. Both techniques (MRI and PET) are combined under the field strength of 9.4T. More: Combination of MRI and PET …

Better Diagnostic Opportunities

The simultaneous measurement of brain structures and metabolic processes will in future open up new opportunities for exploring neurodegenerative diseases such as epilepsy, stroke, Alzheimer's or multiple sclerosis. With the new combined device, researchers will soon be able to locate diseased tissue and disturbances in the metabolism in the brain precisely down to the millimetre. More: Better Diagnostic Opportunities …

Translational Research: TransFOR

The 9.4-T MR-PET completes the Jülich research platform "TransFOR" in terms of imaging techniques in brain research. In this context, Jülich researchers and their cooperation partners in education and health research are provided with a whole range of devices, which serve basic research or are already being used for clinical applications. More: Translational Research: TransFOR …