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PCT Notable Inventions: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) revolutionized the field of medicine by providing a way of looking inside the body without using surgery, dyes or x-rays. MRI uses magnetism and radio frequency pulses to produce clear pictures of the human anatomy.

In 2003, the Nobel Assembly awarded Dr. Paul Lauterbur (a professor at the University of Illinois) and Sir Peter Mansfield (a physicist at Nottingham University) with the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their work on MRI technology, some of which can be found in PCT applications.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Image: MRI
PCT Application:

  • (WO 03/038461) MRI Gradient Coils With Reduced Neural Stimulation
  • (WO 01/69278) Active Acoustic Control In Gradient Coil Design For MRI
  • (WO 98/13821) Active Control Of Acoustic Output In Gradient Coils
Selection of references:

Paul C. Lauterbur

Sir Peter Mansfield

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