Magnetic Resonance Imaging


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is based on signals obtained from different tissue types when they are subjected to a strong magnetic field. The signals are used to create digital images of the body. MRI is used to diagnose several different cancers and many other medical conditions. They were developed by Paul Lauterbur and Peter Mansfield. 1 2 In 2003 the developers won the Nobel prize in medicine for their work.3

  • 1Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica. Accessed 13-17 June. 2005 []
  • 2Schnall, M. and M. Rosen, Primer on imaging technologies for cancer. 2006 Jul 10;24(20):3225-33 [PUBMED]
  • 3Rlederer, Stephen J. "MR Imaging: Its Development and the Recent Nobel Prize." Radiology. 231 (2004): 628-631. [PUBMED]