History of Medicine

Video Clips of Professor Sir Peter Mansfield on YouTube

School days in south London

No qualifications but ambitious to become a scientist

Night school and a job in rocketry

Queen Mary College, London University, 1956-64 - the beginning of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

First spin echoes in solids

Nottingham University, 1964 – first NMR images

Echo Planar Imaging (EPI)

How EPI works

The race to image the body, 1978

The world’s first Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) movie, 1982

Gradient Coil Screening stabilises the magnetic field, necessary for imaging, 1986

Resolution - the limits of functional imaging

Resolution - higher magnetic fields, faster imaging

Safety - protecting patients

Acoustic Screening – noise control

New science and the continuing struggle to get published