University of Nottingham

Development of MRI scanner

University of Nottingham is the home of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, one of the most important breakthroughs in modern medicine.

Sir Peter Mansfield led the team in the 1970s which developed the technology, famously becoming the first person to be scanned in a machine (after updating his will in case things went awry).

More than 40 years on, the university's pioneering invention continues to transform lives and medical care across the world.

It is used in more than 60 million clinical examinations around the world every year and it is hard to imagine a world without it.