Heavy lifting

Workers remove old, install new MRI machine

Workers prepare to place a new MRI scanner into the
East Building at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis June 11. The 18,000-pound
scanner will be used for the Human Connectome Project, a research study
that will trace the anatomical and functional connections between different
regions of the brain’s gray matter. David Van Essen, PhD, the Edison
Professor and head of the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at
WUSTL, is co-investigator of the project, which will
begin scanning brains of research participants this August. The new MRI
had been at the University of Minnesota for a year-and-a-half to be
customized for the Human Connectome Project research. To make room for
the new scanner, workers removed a 10-year-old MRI scanner from the

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(Credit: Robert Boston)