The Pioneer Behind The MRI
The invention of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has positively changed diagnostic imaging while saving lives. Sir Peter Mansfield, the pioneer of the MRI scanner, passed away recently at the age of 83, leaving behind an imaging technique that has revolutionized medicine.
The Invention of the MRI
The MRI machine was invented in 1978 and test ran by Sir Mansfield himself. Mansfield was a professor at the University of Nottingham in England where he taught physics. Mansfield and Paul C. Lauterbur began independently studying magnetic resonance imaging and how atoms align with a magnetic field.
The invention of the MRI stemmed from this study of atoms and how theses atoms absorb and emit radio waves when placed inside a magnetic field. This research led to the development of techniques for turning NMR date into images. In 1978 Mansfield created a prototype for an MRI scanner
Dr. Mansfield was the first to undergo an MRI scan. The scan was a success, and the rest is history!
How the MRI has Impacted History
The MRI scanner is now one of the most common procedures used by radiology centers and hospitals. Through Mansfield’s research, MRI scanners were created to utilize magnetic fields and radio waves to gain an inside look into the human body. Since its discovery, MRI’s have been used to assist in medical produces and conducting research to better understand the human body. MRI’s are a common diagnostic imaging scan because they are non-invasive, painless, and free of radiation.
Mansfield shared a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of MRI. Queen Elizabeth II knighted the Pioneer of the MRI scanner in 1993.
Mansfield’s invention of the MRI scanner has made a positive impact on the advancement of medicine. The MRI scanner has helped save the lives of many people since its invention and it continuing to provide physicians with answers to the most important questions. We thank Dr. Mansfield for his invention of the MRI that allows us to help our patients on a daily basis!