Dutch researchers plan to develop world’s strongest MRI scanner

A consortium in the Netherlands received a $20 million (€19 million) “roadmap” grant from NWO (the Dutch Research Counsel).

Led by the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (Radboud University), the consortium aims to build a high-level MRI scanner. The researchers say it will be the world’s first MRI scanner with a magnetic field strength of 14 Tesla.

Every two years, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science makes funds available to NWO. These funds cover the country’s “National Roadmap Large-Scale Research Infrastructure.” The grants enable the construction or renewal of essential research infrastructure in the Netherlands.

The “Dynamic” project seeks to build the world’s strongest MRI scanner. Its high sensitivity could allow scientists to image the brain in more detail, better understanding brain function. This could also enable new insights into…

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