Sim Hoffman knows that as new medical imaging technologies develop, our understanding of the human brain will considerably improve. Magnetic Resonance Imaging was invented by Paul C. Lauterbur in September, 1971, but the factors that led to the invention of the device have been described much earlier than that, in the 50’s by a scientist named Erik Odeblad.
As far as the functional use of the technology goes, fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) has only been around in the last 25 years, since the very beginning of the 1990’s. It has become the dominating brain-mapping solution, mainly because it does not require the patients to be drugged during the procedure, or to be exposed to radiation which can prove harmful later on. Once the technology got approved, what was used for research purposes initially turned into a useful clinical tool for the field of neurosurgery.
The Technology’s Role in Medical Decision Making
MRI’s biggest benefit lies in its capability to assist the medical decision making process, with special emphasis on surgical solutions. The image results of an MRI examination can help determine the best course of action, often saving lives in the process. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging can also be repeated on certain patients with non-aggressive tumors, allowing their doctors to reevaluate the benefits of some, often extremely risky, surgical procedures. As a leading expert in the field of radiology, Sim Hoffman hopes that the future of medical imaging solutions will be bright, and that new innovations will emerge that will potentially help the whole field of medicine.
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