MRI scanner built in a double decker bus, United Kingdom, 1991

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). This is a 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.

This MRI scanner is contained in a double-decker bus. It appeared on the once popular television programme Tomorrow’s World and was a result of funding by CORDA, a heart research charity. MRI scanners see inside the body. This one particularly looked at the heart and lungs. As previous scanning techniques were unable to look into the heart, more risky methods were used.

This revolutionary mobile unit was the first MRI able to look at moving organs. Being built into a double-decker bus allowed the unit to move around the country and different hospitals used it for research. CORDA’s aim was to develop the technology so it could screen for heart disease.

Details

Category:
Radiomedicine
Object Number:
2003-229
type:
mri body scanner
credit:
Coronary Artery Disease Research Association