The first East Coast installation of the MOMENTUM Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) scanner has been completed at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD. This instrument is hosted at theHugo W. Moser Research Institute,which is a shared facility jointly supported by Kennedy Krieger and the Johns Hopkins Department of Radiology. The MPI scanner was installed at the end of May and is managed by Dr. Adnan Bibic as part of the preclinicalimaging facility of the F.M. Kirby Center for functional brain imaging at theKennedyKriegerInstituteled by Dr. Peter van Zijl.

The scanner was purchasedby Dr. Jeff W.M. Bulte of Johns Hopkins University, who secured the NIH S10 shared instrumentation grant. The SIG programs support the purchase of state-of-the-art commercially available instruments to enhance the research of NIH-funded investigators. Every instrument awarded by an S10 grant is shared amongst at least three Principal Investigators. As part of the grant, Bulte is partnering with 11 investigators from several departments across Johns Hopkins and the Kennedy Krieger Institute to develop applications using the MPI scanner.

More than 100 principal investigators use the F.M. Kirby Research Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute for advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), bioluminescence imaging, and CT imaging. The centerwas established in 1999 to provide human and preclinicalmolecular & functional imaging infrastructure to support research conducted at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and other partner institutions. In addition to equipment, the facility provides expert faculty and imaging support services.

To learn more about the installation and planned research, check out the press release from Johns Hopkins Institute for Nanobiotechnology