Edinburgh based artist Beverley Hood has been commissioned to work with The University of Aberdeen team who are leading the research project, IDentIFY. The University of Aberdeen is working alongside nine European partners on the IDentIFY project, to develop a new kind of medical scanner, Fast Field-Cycling Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FFC-MRI).
As in standard MRI (found in tens of thousands of hospitals worldwide), FFC-MRI uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of the inside of a patient’s head or body. FFC-MRI generates extra information by switching the strength of its magnet during a scan, and it is hoped that this can help doctors diagnose disease more reliably. IDentIFY, funded by the European Commission, is aimed at developing FFC-MRI and bringing it closer to use in hospitals. The Aberdeen team have built a prototype scanner and is already using it to image patients who have suffered from a stroke.
Beverley Hood creates digital art works and performances that investigate our physical, psychological and emotional experiences of, and relationships to technology. Beverley has worked collaboratively on numerous occasions, developing projects involving a range of practitioners, including dancers, actors, writers, composers, medical researchers, and technologists. Her work has been performed and exhibited internationally at events and venues including Edinburgh International Festival, ISEA International, V&A Digital Futures, CCA, Glasgow, Talbot Rice, Edinburgh, ICA, London and Stockholm Kulturhuser.