The Translational Imaging Center is undergoing significant renovations to make way for new state-of-the-art imaging equipment, including the Siemens 7 Tesla (7T) MAGNETOM Terra, the Siemens 3 Tesla (3T) MAGNETOM Vida and the Biography Vision PET/CT. The size of the equipment requires significant logistical support to move the machinery into the Houston Methodist Research Institute.
The 3T was installed December 16, 2018 and the 7T was installed February 23, 2019. The MAGNETOM Terra is the first 7T of its kind in Texas and the first 7T MRI scanner approved for clinical use in the U.S. It has exceptional capabilities that include clear visualization of previously unseen anatomical details and can show physiology or biological function, as well. The 7T technology will be accessible to all institutions in the TMC and is part of a Siemens Healthineers and Houston Methodist multi-year consortium agreement.
Pictures from the installations.