MRI’s Development Anniversary Commemorated at SBU
In March 2011, the American Chemical Society commemorated - by designating SBU's chemistry department as a historic landmark - the development of medical imaging technology now known as the MRI, which was developed by Stony Brook University Professor Paul Lauterbur 40 years prior. Professor Lauterbur was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2003 for this work. He is one of many SUNY faculty to have earned a Nobel Prize for research conducted on our campuses over the years.
“Paul Lauterbur’s invention of MRI has transformed diagnostic medicine by providing a tool for the non-invasive, in vivo examination of soft tissues such as the heart, brain and muscles and for the early detection of cancer and other diseases,” said ACS President Nancy B. Jackson, Ph.D. “It was the genius of Paul Lauterbur to realize that nuclear magnetic resonance signals could generate multidimensional images.”