The Golden Years
The Golden Years
EMI was making progress with MRI. They obtained a 0.1 T electro-magnet and tried imaging a human head. During one group meeting a member of the electronic support group entered the room who turned out to be Ian Young, formerly of E.R. Watts. He was not EMI’s only consultant on MRI. In Nottingham, Andrew obtained his Wolfson grant. They obtained a head image by the sensitive point method. Disquiet emerged within the group. Following Raymond’s taking the group’s latest and best slide for a conference meeting to which he’d been invited. Because of this action, Moore and Holland denied Raymond any further images and further collaboration ceased. From that point on there were 3 independent groups in the Physics Department, Mine, Moore’s and Andrew’s. Paul Bottomley, Andrew’s research student, claimed in his thesis, that it would be difficult to image at frequencies much above 4 MHz. In their book, NMR Imaging in Biomedicine by Mansfield and Morris, a figure of 10 MHz was suggested. He was able to recruit Terry Baines, an electronic engineer, who helped in the design and construction of equipment. The Germany company, Siemens engaged him for a period as a consultant and took on Andrew Maudsley to help design their first MRI scanner. The head of their MRI section was Dr Schittenhelm. As the 1980’s progressed, his research group made a collective decision on EPI. Various members concentrated on the theory and applications of EPI. Roger Ordidge made a movie of a live rabbit and presented a paper at an international conference held in Winston Salem, North Carolina. His talk was a show stopper, showing the world’s first MRI movie of a living animal. In 1991 Penny Gowland joined the group making significant improvements to their paediatric imaging. In the mid-eighties Michael Stehling, a German, joined the author's group. He was a medical doctor and a physicist. He worked hard to improve the quality of their images and also to extend the range of pathologies studied.
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