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New imaging centre officially opened

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A new Acute Multidisciplinary Imaging and Interventional Centre (AMIIC), based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, has been officially opened.

AMIIC, part of the University of Oxford’s Radcliffe Department of Medicine, was previously known as AVIC (Acute Vascular Imaging Centre). The newly refurbished centre is a purpose-designed clinical research facility embedded in a clinical NHS hospital environment; it is located adjacent to the John Radcliffe Emergency Department and Heart Centre.

Among those speaking at the event were OUH Chief Executive Officer Professor Meghana Pandit and Professor Helen McShane, Director of the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), as well as BHF Medical Director Professor Sir Nilesh Samani.

Matt Gibson, Siemens Diagnostic Imaging Business Lead, presented a plaque that celebrates AMIIC as the UK’s first facility to offer photon-counting CT imaging.

AMIIC supports several clinical services, including interventional cardiology, neuroradiology, neurosurgery and several non-invasive imaging services such as OUH’s cardiac CT service. It is the first facility in the world to host a hybrid photon-counting CT scanner with an interventional suite, supported by a artificial intelligence facility.

AMIIC Director Professor Charalambos Antoniades said: "We are really excited with the opening of the new AMIIC. The centre is built to deliver state-of-the-art multidisciplinary research by providing the research infrastructure linking interventional, non-invasive imaging and artificial intelligence/big data capabilities. 

"It will also focus on education and clinical training, as well as clinical care for the benefit of our patients. We are grateful to Oxford University Hospitals, the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, the British Heart Foundation and all the other funding bodies who are supporting us in this journey."

Pictured: BHF Medical Director, Professor Sir Nilesh Samani with AMIIC Director Professor, Charalambos Antoniades in front of the new photon-counting CT scanner