Dr. Damadian and His Influence on The MRI

By Janae Leach

Macchia, Richard J., Jack E. Termine, and Charles D. Buchen. “Raymond V. Damadian, M.D.:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Controversy of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physiology

or Medicine.” The Journal of Urology 178.3 (2007): 783-85. Web

Dr. Damadian is one of, if not, the most influential people when it comes to the invention of the MRI according to this article. In 1969, Dr. Damadian proposed the concept of a magnetic resonance scanner to the Human Research Council of New York City. His publication in the journal Science in 1971 also established his riding status. He applied for a patent for his scanning method in 1972 and it was granted in 1974. Then he published the first magnetic resonance imaging study of a human body in 1977. In New York City, Dr. Damadian discovered the differences of healthy and cancerous cells. After all his accomplishments, however another doctor ended up receiving all the credit for Dr. Damadian’s work and a large controversy ensued. This article investigates this controversy.

The tone of this article is quite formal and uses scientific language to describe a lot of the work Dr. Damadian did. The article was challenging to read just because of the complexity of the vocabulary. The authors use a lot of scientific evidence to back up their claims, which makes the article completely credible and useful.

This article is essential to the history of the MRI because it introduces the primary inventor of the MRI machine. In my paper, I talk about all the controversy behind the upbringing of the MRI. The original inventor getting all the credit stolen from him fits perfectly into that category.


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