First MRI goes on display in Aberdeen hospital art gallery
Public can see the first-ever diagnostic whole-body MRI scanner after it spent decades in storage.
A piece of medical history has gone on display at an Aberdeen hospital.
The first-ever diagnostic whole-body MRI scanner in the world has been taken out of storage so members of the public can see it.
The prototype machine, called the Mark One, was built in the 1970s and first used for diagnostic imaging at the university’s medical school in 1980.
It continued to be used for three years, scanning about 1000 patients until it was replaced in 1983.
The machine had been in storage ever since.
It’s now on display at the Suttie Arts Space Gallery in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
The machine’s development allowed a team of medical physicists at Aberdeen University to make history by carrying out the world’s first-ever diagnostic whole-body MRI scan.