Thieves targeted an electricity substation powering the equipment at Newcastle University's Westgate Road site on Monday, according to police reports. The theft resulted in "major damage" to the scanner's low-voltage supply, university officials said.
"As a university that is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of adults and children here in the North East, we are extremely disappointed that our PET-MR scanner has been affected by the actions of a selfish minority," the university said in a statement.
The PET/MRI scanner was located at the university's Centre for In-Vivo Imaging, and it was used for dementia and cancer research. It's not clear when the machine will be able to be used again, it said.
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