MRI Scans

By: Clare, Faith, Camila, and Marisa


What is the MRI Scan Made Of?

A MRI uses a magnetic field and resonance of atoms in the human body
to view tissues and to look for tumors. The MRI has became an
important device for diagnoses of cancer. They use high-powered
computers to take pictures of your organs, tissues, and bones.

Who and where was it invented?

Raymond Vahan Damadian was the inventor of the MRI. He was born March
16, 1936. He went to college at Juilliard School, Albert Einstein
College of Medicine, and Harvard University.

The first MRI was used in Nottingham, England. It was used by Sir
Peter Manfield's team.

How has it impacted where people are able to live?

More people need MRIs and CT scans so it has caused them to spread farther around the world.

What is the impact of your innovation on globalization?

People that need to get MRIs frequently need to live close to one, like people with cancer.

During a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, you lie in a strong magnetic field and radio-frequency waves are directed at your body. This produces detailed images of the inside of your body. Most of the human body is made up of water molecules, which consist of hydrogen and oxygen atoms.

MRI allows researchers to examine brain structure in exquisite detail, to provide in vivo demonstrations of the structural abnormalities underlying neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and stroke. As it does not use radiation, MRI can also be used to the monitor brain lesions over time, for example in response to treatment, even in children. MRI techniques also allow investigators to map out the complex connections between different brain regions. Another adaptation, to allow functional MRI studies (fMRI), is however how MRI has arguably made its greatest impact

How has it impacted the way people use their resources?

MRI scans range from $200 to $3,500 depending on the type of scan and the insurance. This cost can really make someone think about how they spend their money. For example, a person who needs frequent scans probably won't be spending $50,000 on a new car or eating out every night.

How has it impacted the way people interact with each other?

If someone gets bad news from an MRI they could act differently with their family or get lots of sympathy. Vice versa with good news.

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