What five technologies have made our lives easier, better, and more efficient? Hard to choose, right? Well, inspired by the next tech advancement, Intel smart TV, we've done it for you. Last week we brought you the telescope. Today: the life-saving MRI.
Magnetic resonance imaging—better known as the MRI—has advanced what we know about the fallible vessel we call the human body. Isidor Rabi first observed nuclear magnetic resonance (generally understood to be the key influence in developing MRIs) in 1938 and was later awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for his research on the subject. Considerably later, in 1970, Raymond Damadian, a doctor and research scientist, discovered the basis for using MRIs as a method of detecting cancer. He realized that different kinds of tissue release signals that vary in length, and that cancerous tissue emits signals that last longer than non-cancerous tissue, thus paving the way for modern science to quickly detect whats going on in our insides.
Besides saving lives, we now use MRI technology for a number of practical purposes. Check out our favorite uses below:
MRI as Justice Seeker
Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party? Shh! Don't answer that! Those with criminal proclivities beware: Big Brother can now read your mind. Well, sort of. In a recent murder trial, a brain scan was offered up by the defense as proof that a Chicago man was psychopathic and thus not in control of his actions.