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Visit to the Welcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, JR Hospital

On the 3rd of July a group of Year 9s and 10s went on a brief trip to the JR hospital to learn about and see in action an MRI scanner. When we first arrived, the immense magnetic field created by the scanner was displayed. The demonstrator grabbed a bottle with a one penny inside it and moved slowly towards it. As if he reached an invisible wall, the bottle was pulled out of his hand and jerked towards the machine. The sheer force of the magnetic field held it floating in the air. These machines can pick up a double decker bus.

We were then given a brief description of how the machine works. Put simply, the MRI scanner recorded which part of the brain worked harder while the patient participated in certain simple tasks.

A hospital volunteer then entered the MRI scanner while we all watched a screen showing images of his brain. When he began moving his right hand, we could clearly see the left hand side of his brain using more oxygen than the rest. They then performed several other tests suggested by us students such as singing a nursery rhyme. Each time a different part of his brain lit up.

Soon after, the tour was drawn to a close and we departed back to school. I, as well as the other students, found this trip very interesting and we were glad that we went on it.

Adam Jenner, 10TJKK

Posted: 2018-07-06 15:47:43
Last Edited: 2018-07-06 15:51:25