Whether it’s a 7-ton MRI magnet or a whole new scanner, moving a huge piece of equipment into a hospital takes some careful planning. A crew at UChicago Medicine recently took on one of its biggest moves yet: a 27 ton cyclotron, moved inch by inch over three days from the loading dock at the Center for Care and Discovery, all the way through the underground tunnels to its new, 9,500 square foot facility underneath Mitchell Hospital.
The new cyclotron is the only one for academic use in the state. It will be used to create radioactive isotopes that can be added to injectable drugs for research. When the drugs are injected into a subject, researchers can use Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging equipment to track them as they move through tissue. This in turn helps fine tune the drugs, and can improve treatments for cancer, cardiology, and neurology, among other diseases.
Read more about this monster piece of equipment and UChicago’s long history with cyclotron research at our facilities and construction site.