MADISON, Wis. -

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and GE Healthcare on Thursday announced a major partnership for creating a new imaging research facility.

The aim of the project is to ultimately improve health care with better diagnostic tools, specifically imaging technology.

Under the 10-year research agreement, GE Healthcare will provide up to $32.9 million in anticipated research support, including diagnostic imaging equipment, and UW will do the research to make the technology even better.

"This represents a remarkable opportunity to put UW-Madison at the very next cutting-edge frontier of diagnostic imaging and radiology research," said Dr. Bob Golden, dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

"And as we expand globally, the technology that we develop here will help health care around the world, as well as right here in Wisconsin," said Tom Gentile, president and CEO of GE Healthcare's Systems, GE Healthcare.

In just the past 11 years, GE Healthcare and UW researchers have collaborated to generate 80 filed U.S. patents on technology improvements.