Melbourne Advances Brain Research
The University of Melbourne is now home to one of the world’s most advanced imaging positron emission tomography and computed tomography (PET/CT) scanners, which will assist in treatments for brain disorders such as dementia, epilepsy, mental illness, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
The new facility opened on 18 September and is homed at the Melbourne Brain Centre, the first in Australia dedicated to human research alone.
Said Chair of Imaging Science at the University of Melbourne, Roger Ordidge, “This sophisticated technology will make a substantial impact on our ability to research and diagnose different brain disorders.
“Research using this powerful new PET/CT scanner will detect diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease long before symptoms manifest themselves helping to identify areas in the brain to target for preventative drugs.”
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