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The new 7 Tesla MRI scanner will advance imaging research at the UI
The magnet is lowered into place.A 42-ton magnet is lowered into the still-under-construction Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building on Thursday. The 7 Tesla magnet will help with brain research at the new facility.

Signed, sealed, and delivered: The University of Iowa welcomed a new magnetic resonance imaging instrument, one of the world's most sophisticated models to date, that will advance research into the human brain and body.

The scanner, weighing 42 tons or roughly the equivalent of six male adult elephants, was lifted by crane on Thursday, June 5, and deposited into the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building, still under construction on the University of Iowa campus.

The 7 Tesla magnet will yield clearer, higher-resolution images of the brain, thus enhancing researchers’ ability to study the brain’s function and connectivity. The UI is one of only about 20 research institutes in the United States—and only about 40 worldwide—with the instrument. It also is the most powerful magnetic imaging device in the state.

The UI purchased the scanner after winning an $8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


Tim Schoon, Office of Strategic Communication
Richard C. Lews, Office of Strategic Communication, 319-384-0012


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