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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(4):540-542. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-98-4-540
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Some of the newer technologic methods for imaging the structures of the body developed rapidly after World War II as a consequence of scientific efforts in the war: Gamma-ray imaging followed ready availability of radioisotopes and ultrasound technology stemmed from the discovery of radar. In 1946, at the end of the war, Edward Purcell and Felix Bloch independently developed nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, for which they received the Nobel Prize in 1952. In 1973, Paul Lauterbur suggested that the technique could be used for imaging, a technique he called "zeugmatography." In 1975 EMI, the British company that developed computed tomographic


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