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Krakow and the Lauterbur Epiphany

Peter Mansfield

in The Long Road to Stockholm

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199664542
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191758461 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664542.003.0007
Krakow and the Lauterbur Epiphany

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The author put together his polish talk in the week before departing for Krakow. The talk entitled ‘Multi-pulse Line narrowing Experiments: NMR “Diffraction” in Solids?’ followed the opening paper by Raymond Andrew. His paper was well received with a number of questions including a comment by John Waugh who thought he had seen something similar in a letter recently published by Paul Lauterbur in Nature. On his return to Nottingham, he went to the library to find Lauterbur’s paper. He was amazed to read Lauterbur’s paper on the imaging of two test tubes of water in real space. He had described imaging in k-space. It was most astute of Waugh to spot that both imaging methods were related, one being the Fourier transform of the other. Early in 1974 several members of Andrew’s group went to a Conference held in Bombay, India. They heard Lauterbur’s imaging talk and on the plane back, Bill Moor, Waldo Hinshaw, a post-doc and Bill Derbyshire discussed Lauterbur’s paper. Out of these discussions they later filed a provisional patent on a different imaging method, the “sensitive point technique, a full patent of which was later filed several months after their method was tested experimentally. Following Krakow Peter Grannell, Allen Garroway and he proposed several methods of image slice selection. These were patented together with some imaging methods later in 1974 after they had tested their viability. Later on they produced the first human images of Andrew Maudsley’s fingers.

Keywords: Krakow; NMR “Diffraction”; Paul Lauterbur; Nature; John Waugh; Andrew Maudsley’s fingers

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Subjects: Physics

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