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February 2013 Science Under the Dome


Friday, February 1st at 7:00 PM WSU Chemist, Dr. Matthew J. Allen presented:


Chemistry Meets Medicine:
Making the Invisible Visible in Magnetic Resonance Imaging


Using magnets and radio waves, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows us to see the inside of people and objects without invasive surgery. Consequently, MRI has become an invaluable tool for the diagnosis of many diseases.  
The utility of MRI can be enhanced using chemicals called contrast agents that change how water behaves in the magnetic fields.
I will present a basic overview of how MRI and contrast agents work followed by a description of how chemistry can influence the future of contrast agents and imaging. 
- Matt Allen         



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