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Sir Peter Mansfield, the pioneer behind Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), has died at age 83, reports BBC.co.uk. Sir Peter, a Nobel laureate, shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2003 with the inventor of the technique, US chemist Professor Paul Lauterbur. MRI scans generate 3D images of the body’s internal organs without potentially harmful X-rays by utilising strong magnetic fields and radio waves, revolutionising modern diagnostic medicine. In a recent visit to the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre at the University of Nottingham for its 25th anniversary, Vice-chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway said “Few people can look back on a career and conclude that they have changed the world. In pioneering MRI, that is exactly what Sir Peter Mansfield has done.

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