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Current technical development of magnetic resonance imaging

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Riederer, S.J. ; Magnetic Resonance Lab., Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

The impact of MRI continues to grow due to progress in all phases of the development cycle. Since its initial use for human imaging approximately 20 years ago, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has developed into a widely used clinical imaging modality. Now, at the start of the 21st century, the number of MRI systems worldwide is in excess of 10,800. With an average of over ten patients examined per day per machine, the number of clinical studies per day is well over 100,000. Along with X-ray imaging, ultrasound, computed X-ray tomography, and nuclear medicine, MRI is well recognized as a commonly used medical imaging modality. In spite of this significant growth over the last two decades, technical and application development continues. The purpose of this article is to identify the current development of MRI and to attempt to indicate future trends. In some sense this is an update of a similar technical assessment of MRI made four years ago

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 5 )