Project overview: Building ground-breaking medical research facilities
Find out more about the MRI-PET scanner
We’re bringing the future of medical imaging to Sheffield.
The University of Sheffield has raised £2 million to establish a ground-breaking MRI-PET facility. Building work starts early 2019.
MRI-PET scanners deliver the most advanced imaging technology to date. MRI-PET will transform our understanding of serious diseases and the way we treat them in the future. This will be a vital investment in the health of people in this region, across the UK and beyond.
The scanner will be in a purpose-built facility which we are building attached to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital (RHH), close to the inpatient entrance and the University’s Medical School, offering easy access for patients, clinicians and researchers.
Project manager: Gaynor Bradshaw-Willson, Department of Estates and Facilities Management
Timescale: Construction starts in early 2019 and lasts for approximately 18 months
Road Closures - Claremont Crescent
Claremont Crescent will be partially closed on the following dates. Please follow the road diversion signs.
Saturday 2 March
Saturday 16 March
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April
20/2/2019: Continuing to progress on foundations of the building.
16/2/19 and 17/2/2019: Claremont Crescent closed to allow drainage connections.
What is MRI-PET?
MRI-PET is a new type of medical scanner which combines two powerful imaging technologies - MRI and PET - that are already used separately in medical research and in hospitals.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses magnetic and radio waves to build up a picture of the internal structure of the body. PET (Positron Emission Tomography) uses a radioactive tracer chemical to build up a picture of how well parts of the body are functioning.
The MRI-PET scanner is able to capture both of these images at the same time, in a single scan, and gives a more detailed picture of what is happening within the body.
How will I benefit from the scanner?
Benefits for patients:
Tracks progression of disease more accurately
Enables real-time treatment monitoring
Accelerates discovery of new drugs
Single scan: fewer hospital visits
The MRI-PET facility will transform patient care in future by increasing our understanding of the causes, effects and development of many different diseases, including dementia, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease (MND), diabetes, epilepsy and stroke.
The knowledge we gain from the scanner will allow us to take exciting discoveries from the laboratory into the hospital.
As one of only eight of its kind in the UK, and the only one in Yorkshire, the MRI-PET scanner will give patients in the region access to new clinical trials. These trials are an important way of developing new therapies and better outcomes for patients. Our research may lead to easier and faster diagnosis, characterisation, staging and treatment of disease.
Where will it be?
The scanner will be in a purpose built facility attached to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital (RHH), close to the inpatient entrance and the University’s Medical School, offering easy access for patients, clinicians and researchers.
Our site is on the corner of RHH’s B Road and Claremont Crescent.
How long will it take to build?
Construction work starts in early 2019 with completion expected in spring 2020.
What work is taking place?
We’re building a two-storey building which will house the MRI-PET scanner, as well as associated laboratory facilities and staff.
The facility will have two entrances: one on the ground floor beside the drop-off area and another on the second floor, connecting with the University and RHH radiology services. The second floor will house a comfortable waiting area, two pre-scan patient rooms, a suite of workstations for reviewing scan images and a fully radiation-shielded space for the MRI-PET scanner itself.
How will this building work affect my routes around the hospital?
As the construction progresses, there will be changes to routes and journeys around the hospital site. The 'Latest News' tab on this webpage will be the best source of information to check.