STONY BROOK, N.Y., Oct. 16 -- The State University of New York at Stony Brook issued the following news release:
Stony Brook Medicine, where MRI technology was first developed, is among the first sites in the United States to offer simultaneous PET/MRI technology for clinical use. The new technology will benefit patients by providing exceptional image quality and diagnostic capabilities, and greater efficiency by having two significant imaging procedures performed at the same time with low-dose radiation.
The new Siemens Biograph mMR hybrid imaging system is located in the new Lisa and Robert Lourie Imaging Suite at Stony Brook University Cancer Center, with funding through a $2.5 million gift from Robert and Lisa Lourie, matched by the Simons Foundation Challenge Grant for a total impact of $5 million. The state-of-the-art technology from Siemens is the world's first system to perform simultaneous whole-body MRI and PET scans.
"PET/MRI at Stony Brook will be a unique venture on Long Island that embodies the collaborative spirit of Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Medicine through its shared mission of healthcare research," said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. "The findings and discoveries made here will benefit not just Stony Brook patients, but potentially patients all over the globe, as new uses and applications are discovered and developed. It is yet another example of how Stony Brook is on an exciting trajectory and meteoric rise, not only in education, but in healthcare research and clinical care across Long Island and beyond."
Stony Brook becomes the first site on Long Island and the 10th site in North America to offer simultaneous PET/MRI since the technology was approved by the FDA in June 2011. Stony Brook University is where the concept for MRI technology was first developed in the 1970s by the late Paul Lauterbur, PhD, who shared in the Nobel prize for his work in 2003.
"The PET/MRI gives Stony Brook a world-class tool for clinical diagnosis and treatment, and for conducting groundbreaking medical research," said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences, and Dean, Stony Brook University School of Medicine. "The new PET/MRI will allow us to simultaneously determine both structure and function of abnormalities throughout the head and body. Not only will we be able to capture a more complete picture at the beginning of treatment, but our understanding of the progress of disease will increase tremendously."