Iowa Takes Possession of Large Research Magnet

By Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa is getting a massive research instrument to improve their study of how the brain works.

The university is expected to take possession Thursday of a sophisticated magnetic resonance imaging instrument that weighs 42 tons. The instrument will be lifted by crane and placed in the new Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building on the campus in Iowa City.

School officials say the 7 Tesla magnet will yield clearer, higher-resolution images of the brain and is one of only about 40 that are in use worldwide. The university purchased the device after winning an $8 million federal grant.

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