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The University of Nottingham is the birthplace of MRI. We remain at the forefront of advances in biomedical imaging across the length scales from microscopy to whole body imaging. 

Our research

Magnetic Resonance Imaging changed the face of healthcare, revolutionising how we diagnose and treat patients, and today provides more than 60 million clinical investigations around the world every year. Whilst imaging technologies and their application continue to advance, we need to translate these advances into clinical results.

The invention of MRI was a breakthrough of staggering proportions and the pioneering vision of its creator, the Nobel Prize winner Sir Peter Mansfield, continues to inspire us.  Our cross-disciplinary biomedical imaging research encompasses medicine and neuroscience, involving researchers from the schools of Medicine, Life Science, Biosciences, Psychology, Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Computer Sciences and Physics and Astronomy. We develop new improved methods of performing MRI and we develop new quantitative markers of disease. This work is complemented by researchers from Chemistry and Pharmacy, who are targeting new tracer elements for biomedical imaging, whereas our advances in optical imaging and image data analysis are offering further unprecedented insights into the human body.

Our impact

MRI has already improved millions of lives. We continue to develop and broaden the applications of medical imaging in ways even Sir Peter and his colleagues in Nottingham in the 1970s could scarcely imagine. Considerable investment – for instance nearly £10M for equipment and facilities in the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre, for example - and our close connection to the NHS and industrial partners will help us find exciting new ways to use medical imaging.

Our University

Our place in the history of MRI is assured and we remain world leaders in biomedical imaging research.  Our challenge is to translate amazing developments in medicine and physics into ever-wider clinical practice. Collaborations with established centres of excellence in digestive disease, hearing, arthritis, dementia, ageing and children’s brain tumours will underpin our magnetic resonance research and create new ways of  applying this technology to save lives.

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