MRI facility at Purdue opens doors to advance research

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A new multimillion dollar MRI research facility is now officially open at Purdue University.

The 3,700-square-foot building houses two MRI scanners and allows scientists to conduct experiments without leaving campus.

Before, more than 20 researchers had to go to imaging clinics in Lafayette and Indianapolis. Now, they can simply cross the street.

Studies in brain trauma, autism and speech disorders are just some of areas studied at the university.

Ulrike Dydak, a health sciences associate professor at Purdue, said having these tools so close means researchers can accelerate their work.

“It’s open 24 hours a day. We have staff support from an MRI technologist and an MRI physicist. It will mean a lot in advancing research for MRI and medical imaging at Purdue,” Dydak said.

The two MRI machines cost about $3 million, $2 million of which came from a National Institute of Health grant.