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Stand-up MRI breaking ground: UBC

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

UBC is promoting is special MRI machine. (UBC PHOTO)

UBC is promoting is special MRI machine. (UBC PHOTO)

The University of B.C. says it’s making progress using a state-of-the-art MRI machine – of which only 12 exist in the world - to study joint aches.

The machine is an upright, open MRI that allows a subject to sit, stand or squat while having the procedure, so the effects of the activities on a person’s joints can be observed in greater detail.

During a traditional MRI a patient is lying down and in a narrow tube, which restricts movement.

Dr. David Wilson of UBC’s department of orthapaedics said the machine has helped research around osteoarthritis.

“(We are) making treatments better and hopefully even coming up with ways of preventing the disease,” Wilson said. “We’re really breaking new ground here.”

Wilson said the other 12 machines are being used in private clinics and not for research.


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