Institution:Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Research by Paul Lauterbur, PhD, while at Stony Brook Medicine led to this groundbreaking invention. Dr. Lauterbur shared the Nobel Prize for this discovery in 2003, while a faculty member at University of Illinois.
Health care professionals use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to diagnose a variety of conditions, from torn ligaments to tumors. MRIs are very useful for examining the brain and spinal cord.