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A Short History of the MRI Machine

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine, better known as an MRI, has a long and complicated history, beginning in 1945. It all started when Swiss physicist named Felix Bloch conducted an experiment regarding a new method of nuclear induction, a study of nuclear moments in solids, liquids, or gases.

It was by pure chance, that at this same exact time, the same experiment had been made by Edward Mills Purcell and his collaborators at Harvard University. E.M. Purcell was a Illinois native with a degree in electrical engineering , and together both Purcell and Bloch won the 1952 Nobel Prize for Physics for their published papers on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR,) which is the science behind the MRI.

The MRI uses NMR to produce 2D images. This process was discovered by Paul Lauterber and Peter Mansfield through their experiments imaging water, green peppers, and fingers

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