Appropriately, the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre (SPMIC) is now the home of MRI at the University of Nottingham, and it has gone from strength to strength since opening in 1991. Academics are exploring the capabilities of MRI to reveal new insights into the human body; from placental blood flow, to how the gut works to digest food, to further understanding the complexities of the brain.
It is a particularly exciting time at the SPMIC with the recent announcement of a £29.1m grant to establish a new '11.7T' MRI scanner, creating a national research facility at the centre here in Nottingham.
A thousand times more powerful than the first scanners developed by Sir Peter, this ultra-high field scanner will enable the university to attract and collaborate with researchers around the world, helping to improve our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, plus neurodevelopmental disorders including autism among many others.
Rather aptly, the Director of the SPMIC today is former student of Sir Peter, Professor Richard Bowtell (PhD Physics, 1988).