Patients in Lothian have benefited substantially from research into common disabling disorders like stroke, enabled by the clinical research-dedicated magnetic resonance (MR) scanner in DCN X-Ray, since 1998. The replacement of this out-of-date scanner with a modern research MR scanner is part of moving DCN NHS and University facilities to Little France. Edinburgh needs two research-dedicated MR scanners because both research and all NHS scanners are full. It is crucial that one is suitably located for research on acutely unwell hospital inpatients to complement the outreach CRIC research MR scanner. This is essential for research that will improve treatment and change practice for patients with common neurological, cardiovascular, hepatic, spinal and other disorders.