Since 1970, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has played a key role in the medical world.

Raymond Damadian and Paul Lauterbur are today widely accredited by medical practitioners for implementing the use of MRI as a tool for medical diagnosis.

The first MRI scanner was developed by Dr Damadian in 1970 as a method of detecting cancer after he discovered that cancerous tissues produce abnormal nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) signals compared to normal tissues.

Less than two years later, he had developed his discovery enough to file his idea for using MRI as a tool for medical diagnosis with the U.S. Patent Office, entitled “Apparatus and Method for Detecting Cancer in Tissue.”

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