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Project overview: Building ground-breaking medical research facilities

Find out more about the MRI-PET scanner

MRI-PET Scanner room 2We’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.

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Project details

Project manager: Gaynor Bradshaw-Willson, Department of Estates and Facilities Management

Contact: [email] [tel] 0114 222 9118

Architects: Castle Owen

Timescale: Construction starts in early 2019 and lasts for approximately 18 months

Latest news

March 2020: We have received practical completion of the building. Engineers are now commissioning and testing the equipment, ready for the first patients.

December 2019: The scaffolding has now been removed and you can see the progress clearly.

17/4/19: Works are progressing well on site. The tower crane has now been installed on site and its first task was to lift in the three storey lift shaft.
The ground floor floor slab has been installed and works have commenced with ground to first floor columns ready for the first floor slab pour.
A open doors event took place in March which was well received by the members of the public who took up the opportunity to visit the site.

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:

  • Faster diagnosis
  • 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?

MRI-PET mapThe 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.



MRI-PET Exterior 1

MRI-PET Exterior 3

MRI-PET Exterior 4

The scanner room:

MRI-PET Scanner room 1

The control room:

MRI-PET control room

The injection room:

MRI-PET Injection Room

Contact us

Project enquiries: Project manager Gaynor Bradshaw-Willson, / 0114 222 9118

General enquiries: The EFM Helpdesk will put you in touch with the right person, / 0114 222 9000

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Progress Photos

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