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Cheap, Quiet, Portable MRI Successfully Tested

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BERKELEY, Calif., Sept. 8, 2006 -- The term MRI often conjures up images of a huge, heavy, doughnut-shaped machine in a hospital's special treatment room that costs a lot of money and makes a lot of noise. But researchers are looking to change that perception with the successful testing of a laser-based MRI technique that would make the technology compact and portable, relatively cheap and quiet. "We have developed a novel approach for the detection of MRI based on optical atomic magnetometry," said chemist Alexander Pines, one of the world's leading authorities on NMR/MRI technology and leader of the US Department of...Read full article

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