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History of MRI

  • Isidor Isaac Rabi first described the NMR phenomenon in 1938 
  • Felix Bloch and Edward Purcell :: NMR phenomenon in liquids and in solids this laid the physical basis for MRI.
  • 1971: Raymond Damadian used NMR in biomedical applications, measuring T1 and T2 relaxation times in rat tumors.
  •  Paul C. Lauterbur and Peter Mansfield  described the use of magnetic field gradients to localize NMR signals in 1973, a technical development that laid the foundation for MRI as it is currently performed. Lauterbur and Mansfield got the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine. 
  • July 1977, Damadian’s machine, Indomitable produced crude images of the human thorax. First human images. 

History of MRI Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Rating: 5

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