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How do you move a 110-ton imaging magnet?

That is probably a question you don’t hear too often but that’s precisely what researchers and staff at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) were asking recently when they needed to move the 110-ton imaging magnet from Duluth, Minn. to the University.

The Agilent Technologies magnet is the world’s first 10.5 Tesla whole body human magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) magnet and will be used to aid in brain research and human body imaging.

The magnet was transported via a trailer measuring 16-ft. wide by 150-ft. long that featured 64 wheels. Once at the University, it took several days to maneuver the giant magnet into place and crews had to remove portions of a wall because the magnet was too big!

Watch this cool time lapse video of the magnet install and hear about the brain research possibilities from CMRR director Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D.

For even more information about the magnet project, read this blog post.

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