Clinical Application of NMR Using the FONAR Technique in Diseases of the Breast and Lung
Raymond Damadian began his search for a new modality which would provide better diagnostic information back in the 1960’s. His purpose was to find a method which looked beyond the gross changes produced by disease in tissues and cells but which gave indications of biochemical changes occurring within the body. Of all the techniques used by chemists and biochemists to study chemical characterization, NMR appeared to be the safest and most versatile. The idea of using NMR as a diagnostic medical device that would probe the body and search out changes produced by disease was conceived. An artist’s conception of how this device would appear is shown in figure 1. Dr. Damadian was awarded a patent for his technique in March, 1972.
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