Facebook tracking pixel Installation of BRIC scanner – DDRC Healthcare

Charity Number: 279652


21 October 2020

We are coming closer to the opening of our major new extension to the Hyperbaric Medical Centre here in Plymouth.

The expanded facilities will accommodate the University of Plymouth’s brand new human neuroimaging facility (the Brain Research & Imaging Centre (BRIC)), provide improved facilities for DDRC patients and increase our capabilities for training for the offshore and maritime industries.

This collaboration represents an important commitment to advancing excellence in research, healthcare and education in Plymouth. It consolidates DDRC healthcare’s close working relationship with the University of Plymouth and the NHS locally through UPHNT.

After delays due to the pandemic the building was ready to have the Siemens 3Tesla MRI scanner installed. No mean feat as it had to be crane over the top of our existing building.

The opportunity for this development has been made possible through collaboration between DDRC Healthcare, the University of Plymouth and the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHPNT).

DDRC Healthcare CEO Professor Gary Smerdon said: The installation of the MRI scanner is a milestone for new facilities being developed at DDRC Healthcare.  The Brain Research and Imaging Centre forms a significant part of the development and consolidates DDRC Healthcare’s close working relationship with the University of Plymouth and the NHS locally through UPHNT. Research is at the forefront of our charitable objectives and the co-location of hyperbaric facilities and brain research expertise with state-of-the-art equipment will allow us advance studies of the relationship between oxygen and the brain which are at the forefront of hyperbaric medicine. 

The new building will open in January 2020.

Photos courtesy of DDRC & University of Plymouth


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