MRI scanner built in a double decker bus

Made:
1991 in United Kingdom
maker:
Metro Cammell Weymann

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MR (Magnetic Resonance) mobile machine - built into a 1983 modified double deck motorway coach (a MCW Metroliner) as fully working, low cost mobile clinical and research machine, which has been used to pioneer many techniques, funded by CORDA heart research charity and developed at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London, 1991. Registration number B232 XEU.

Built within this double-decker bus, was for a time, the most powerful heart diagnosis machine in the world. It appeared on the once popular television programme Tomorrow’s World and was a result of funding by CORDA. The charity, now part of the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals charity aimed to find a way of detecting cardiovascular disease at an early stage by the use of fast, painless and non-invasive means. Designed by the Royal Brompton Hospital and built by James Brown and W H Bence, the fit out cost £383,000. Being built into a double-decker bus allowed the unit to move around the country and different hospitals used it for research.

Details

Category:
Radiomedicine
Object Number:
2003-229
Materials:
electronic components, glass, metal, plastic, rubber and textile
type:
mri body scanner
credit:
Coronary Artery Disease Research Association