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Magnetic resonance imaging: the long path to the patient

4 min
Philipp Grätzel von Grätz
Published on November 18, 2020

The development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an exciting story of innovation spanning four decades – if not several centuries – and two Nobel prizes. But the fact that MRI scanners are now used in patient care all over the world is also thanks to industrial research and development.

Nikola Tesla in his laboratory.
The first wooden MR research laboratory, Erlangen, 1979.
MR image of a bell pepper, 1980.
Tesla magnet with Faraday cage, 1979.
Examination with the first MAGNETOM, 1983.
Examination with the first MAGNETOM, 1983.
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By Philipp Grätzel von Grätz

Philipp Grätzel von Grätz lives and works as a freelance medical journalist in Berlin. His specialties are digitalization, technology, and cardiovascular therapy.