University of Aberdeen

The world's first full body MRI scanner

Professor James Hutchison and his team at the University of Aberdeen built the ‘Mark 1’ machine, which successfully scanned its first patient on August 28 1980.

Professor Hutchison also helped to patent a ‘game-changing’ technique, known as spin-warp imaging, which was adopted throughout the world and is still used today in hundreds of thousands of MRI machines globally.

Many in the scientific community had dismissed MRI as a non-viable technology prior to the spin-warp breakthrough. It dramatically improved the images overnight and they immediately became of diagnostic quality.

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