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New MRI technology breakthrough

The Scotsman reports a major breakthrough in MRI scanning technology, "which could save thousands of lives."

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) "is based on the use of a large magnet to create a magnetic field inside the human body and a scanner which sends out bursts of radio waves to obtain return signals from various tissues to produce images of internal organs."

The new equipment developed at Aberdeen University will allow patients to be quickly scanned with a range of magnetic fields that provide up to 100 different images, allowing clinicians to obtain new information about what is happening in the body.

Peter Mansfield of Britain, who was a school drop-out before he became interested in science, and Paul Lauterbur of the University of Illinois developed the MRI in the 1980s, and received the Nobel Prize for their work. More about them here in the Ingenious Timeline.