EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) -- A brand new MRI scanner was delivered to the University of Oregon Monday. A crane lifted the 12,000 pound machine into its new home at the Lewis Integrated Science Building, set to open in late October. Crews had to remove part of an exterior wall to put the instrument inside.
UO representatives say the scanner is the largest of its kind in the region, offering subjects more open space when they’re inside the machine. The larger design keeps subjects comfortable and reduces anxiety, which can lead to better results for researchers.
The machine will be mainly used for brain research. Any researcher on campus can buy time to use the scanner. The scanner cost about $2.5 million, paid for through a combination of grants and donations.