The University was awarded £5.3m from the Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) initiative via the Medical Research Council to buy and install the North West’s first PET-MR scanner which is being used for primarily dementia-based research.

The scanner is located in a dedicated suite on the ground floor of St Mary’s Hospital, in Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and is one of only eight in the UK.

The suite has three treatment rooms, two of which have bedhead services, a research office, consulting room and a fully-equipped dispensing room for the drawing up of radiotracers, with grade A laminar air flow cabinets.

The scanner is a fully integrated 3T PET-MR system with time of flight technology and a 60cm single bore. The system is capable of simultaneous PET-MR in the same field of view, at the same time and the images are presented as co-localised datasets.

As well as simultaneous PET-MR scanning, the scanner can also be used for stand-alone MR scanning (3T).

The scanner can be used for a variety of imaging needs including oncology, neurology, and cardiology and supports imaging for brain/spine, musculoskeletal, breast, vascular, and whole body imaging. We also offer fMRI and multi-nuclear imaging at this site.


Amy Watkins
Lead Radiographer (PET-MR)
T: +44 (0) 161 701 0959