The first MRI scan of a human took place in 1977, a method of imaging diagnostics that has developed so rapidly that it is now found in almost every major hospital in developed economies.
This is the case for good reason. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive, painless imaging technique for obtaining detailed pictures of organs and other structures inside the human body; a procedure that can eliminate the need for exploratory surgery. It’s a technology proven invaluable for decades and which continues to evolve.
The first MRI systems installed were technically very different from the modern machines that are present in the majority of imaging suites today. Just their size and scale alone has vastly changed; early MRI systems weighed as much as 7.5 tonnes and required tens of tonnes of iron shielding, resulting in machines being strategically located in basements and the diagnostics suite built around it.
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