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MRI-THE WONDER MACHINE: FROM BLUE SKIES TO EVERY DAY USAGE

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This talk illustrates how a series of ‘blue sky’ discoveries in the early part of the twentieth century grew into one of the most important medical diagnostic tools. Several well-known contemporary workers wondered what possible applications could come from the idea of nuclear spin.

The concept, together with the developments of superconducting magnets and super-fast computing power, has become one of the most precise machines ever developed.

Richard Aldridge joined UEA in 1969 as a Lecturer in Physics; his research interest was into the effect of atomic disorder on the physical properties of materials (collective magnetism and electrical transport for example). In the late 70’s and early 80’s he was involved in the inception and founding of engineering at UEA . Richard’s research interests migrated to looking at various algorithms involved in segmentation of images particularly medical ones; hence his interest in MRI . Richard has held several Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Colorado and Western Australia. During his academic life Richard has acted as a consultant to a wide range of industries both local and national and education in a range of areas from basic microprocessor technology through C and java programming to basic electronics in the school curriculum.

This talk is part of the IET Cambridge Network - Lectures series.

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