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U of Illinois researchers to study animals with MRI scanner


URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Illinois will be able to closely study mice, rats, pigs and songbirds with the arrival of the campus' first MRI scanner dedicated to animal research.

The Bruker 9.4-Tesla MRI has been installed at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, The News-Gazette reported. The $6 million scanner should be up and running in about three weeks.

Brad Sutton, technical director of Beckman's Biomedical Imaging Center, said the institute has wanted the scanner for a few years now.

"We've been using (the human MRIs) for the pigs," Sutt...

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