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A Paradigm Shift in Imaging Technology

HIRF houses state-of-the-art imaging equipment. With its six systems and technical support, the Herston Imaging Research Facility (HIRF) has the potential to revolutionise patient care.  It supports a broad range of biomedical research projects.

What is Special About HIRF's Scanners?

The scanners are different from those normally used for diagnostic imaging of patients because each is a hybrid, combining two scanning modalities within a single machine. This enables the scanners to capture detailed anatomical images along with molecular and functional processes occurring within the body to help researchers improve their understanding of disease and quickly determine whether treatments are effective. 

For example, in cancer research, the scanners will locate a tumor within the body and give biological information about the cancer to improve diagnosis, optimise treatment planning and monitor whether therapy is working. In the case of neurological diseases such as dementia or mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, the scanners will enable detailed studies of brain structure and function, along with key pathological information relating to amyloid, tau accumulation and other receptor-mediated processes.

Ancillary MR-compatible equipment is also available to allow cutting-edge functional imaging in neurological research. See here for a list.

For more information download our brochure.

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Level 3, UQCCR
Building 71/918
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
Herston QLD 4029 Australia

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