Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi

Events

Event Information:

  • Tue
    22
    Mar
    2016

    Oxford Science Cafe

    6:00 pmLuca Bakery and Cafe, 1120-1122 North Lamar Blvd Oxford, Mississippi

    Joel Mobley
    Department of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Mississippi

    The physics of MRI

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of medical conditions. Since its clinical debut in the 1980ʼs, it has evolved to provide a level of anatomical detail not possible with any other imaging modality, all without the focus of an ultrasound probe or the directionality of an x-ray beam. The fundamental principles at work in MRI include quantum physics, spinning tops, flipping magnets and simple patterns of bright and dark. The aim of this talk is to remove some of the mystery of how the manipulation of the weakest
    magnets in the atom leads to the MR image and to look at emerging medical treatments enabled by
    MRI.