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New imaging research center at UW School of Medicine

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MADISON (WKOW) -- There's a new research project at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health that could help doctors determine if certain medical treatments and drugs are working.

It's all done through new imaging technology. The school and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation are teaming up with GE Healthcare to invest $33 million in a state-of-the-art imaging research facility.

Doctors say it will have real-life impact on patients.

"An important example of this as a principle in action is using molecular imaging to immediately assess the response of a cancer patient to chemotherapy and allowing our doctors then to either stay the course of its working, or alter the course if that's necessary," said Dr. Thomas Grist, the UW Chair of Radiology.

Grist says the center will also be a nexus for the development of new products for not only GE Healthcare, but other start-up companies.

The goal is to have the center up and running by the end of 2013.

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