WHALLEY â€” Surreyâ€™s Innovation Boulevard will be home to a world-class medical imaging lab thatâ€™s designed to advance brain research as well as provide diagnostics and treatment monitoring in mental health, neurology and help patients with addictions.
The ImageTech Lab is being made possible with $3.6 million in funding from Western Economic Diversification. It will be located at Surrey Memorial Hospital and feature a state-of-the-art 3.0 Tesla whole body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine and an upgraded 275-channel magneto encephalography (MEG) machine.
â€œOur longstanding MEG partnership with the Down Syndrome Research Foundation has grown into a much larger opportunity,â€ said Dr. Ryan Dâ€™Arcy, Simon Fraser University neuroscientist and project leader.
â€œNow, such tools will enable the regionâ€™s top health innovators to bring rapid advances in the treatment for devastating brain disorders and diseases like brain tumors, epilepsy, dementia, depression and brain injury.â€
Dâ€™Arcy said combining advanced MRI and MEG offers â€œthe best possible windowâ€ into brain activity. The ImageTech Lab at SMH will position B.C. for global leadership, he added. â€œWhen you include the MEG capability in particular, there is nothing like it in Western Canada.â€
Dâ€™Arcy noted that access to Surreyâ€™s latest MEG resources for conditions such as epilepsy will â€œimmediately and profoundly impact our regionâ€™s children and families.â€ He predicts breakthroughs in treatment for brain cancer, strokes, dementia and other serious brain maladies.