Developing MRI technology with Fast Field Cycling 

Doctor in scrubs holding a tablet

Designed and built by Professor James Hutchison and his team, the first full body MRI scanner scanned its first patient on 29 August 1980. Professor Hutchison helped patent a ‘game-changing’ technique, spin warp imaging, which is still used today, but for the past 10 years the next generation of MRI technology, Fast Field Cycling MRI (FFC-MRI), has been under development at the University of Aberdeen. 

Led by Professor David Lurie, the Aberdeen team is leading a nine-strong consortium of research groups from six different countries across Europe as part of the project, IDentIFY. The project was established with a €6.6 million Horizon 2020 research grant, to further develop the imaging technology which can identify disease earlier than current scanners. 

Most recently, the FFC-MRI project was given a £600,000 funding boost from The Mary Jamieson Hall and John F Hall Trust. The funding will be used to create an imaging suite where a new FFC-MRI scanner will be built, known as the Hall Family Imaging Suite within Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. A prototype of the FFC-MRI scanner has already been developed and successfully tested on patients and healthy volunteers. 

Professor David Lurie next to scanner

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