Sheffield PET-MRI facility

The Sheffield PET-MRI facility is the UK’s 8th and Yorkshire’s only PET-MRI facility. It is set in a purpose built state-of-the-art facility that is attached to the existing University of Sheffield MRI unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.


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Sheffield PET-MRI scanner

The Sheffield PET-MRI scanner will provide unprecedented views of inside the human body by combining the power of both MRI and PET images in a single scan. It will help our scientists and medics to tackle some of the most devastating diseases affecting millions of people.

Sheffield PET-MRI scanner

The scanner is a 3T GE PET-MRI system that is equipped with a time of flight PET detector and full multi-nuclear MRI capability for complementary functional and structural imaging of the whole-body. There are huge advantages in combining the ability of PET to detect and quantify disease processes with the ability of MRI to provide detailed anatomical and functional information.

The new facility will enhance our medical research, and allow us to take exciting discoveries into clinical trials to give patients in Yorkshire access to ground-breaking new treatments.

Professor Jim Wild, Head of Imaging at the University of Sheffield, explains the clinical and research benefits of the new Sheffield PET-MRI facility.

The Sheffield scanner appeal

Following an appeal, launched by the University of Sheffield in 2017, the new PET-MRI facility was supported by thousands of donations from people across the region and around the globe, who helped bring the revolutionary scanner to Yorkshire.

Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, Director of the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Sheffield, explains the fundraising project behind the new PET-MRI facility and why this is such an important facility for the region.

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The PET-MRI scanner will speed up the diagnosis of, and lead to the development of new treatments for some of the most devastating diseases including: 

  • Neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases including dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and motor neuron disease (MND)
  • Epilepsy
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Lung disease
  • Diabetes 
  • Cancer
  • Infectious diseases
  • Kidney disease
New Sheffield PET-MRI facility next to Royal Hallamshire Hospital
New Sheffield PET-MRI facility next to Royal Hallamshire Hospital

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