The purpose-built ITM Imaging Centre has been officially opened by Dr Nicola Strickland, President of the Royal College of Radiologists, and Clive Richards OBE, founder of the Clive and Sylvia Richards Foundation.
Equipped with the latest latest in MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) technology, the new facility is the result of a collaboration between University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB), medical charity Cobalt Health and the Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM).
Predominantly funded by Cobalt Heath, the centre provides the newest techniques for routine clinical imaging appointments and allows development in the research areas of oncology, liver disease, cardiology, neuroscience and trauma.
More than 50 guests, including the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Carl Rice, and representatives from UHB, Cobalt Health, the ITM and Birmingham Health Partners, attended the opening, where Dr Strickland and Mr Richards, whose generous donation also contributed to the development of the centre, unveiled a commemorative plaque.
Dame Julie Moore, Chief Executive of UHB, outlined the positive impact the new facility would have on patient care.
“The ITM Imaging Centre will help progress and pave the way for new clinical treatments. It will give our clinicians access to high quality systems, improving diagnostics, treatments – and ultimately outcomes – for our patients,” she said.
Professor Stuart Green, Director of Medical Physics at UHB reflected on the early successes of the centre and the next stages of development.
“Since we first opened the centre’s doors in January 2017 we have been delivering scans in a high-class environment and producing top quality images,” he said. “Research opportunities have been utilised by UHB’s trauma research team and there are active discussions with some of the world’s most established medical institutes, including the Mayo Clinic and the Beckham Institute.
“This early interest in the ITM Imaging Centre and its capabilities is extremely promising for the future.”
Peter Sharpe, Chief Executive of Cobalt Health, added: “We are very proud to be working with the Institute of Translational Medicine and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham to deliver this new service.
“The pooling of information technology, operational and staffing resources has allowed us to deliver a first class imaging facility.”
Following the speeches, attendees toured the new centre, viewing the state-of-the-art Siemens Skyra MRI system from Siemens Health Engineers.
Peter Harrison, Managing Director UK at Siemens Healthcare said: “The new scanner will allow professionals at QEHB to use a range of different scanning positions and obtain the high image quality needed for studies taking place.”