Extreme HD: IBM Makes MRI Tech 100 Million Times

Extreme HD: IBM Makes MRI Tech 100 Million Times
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Scientists at IBM Research, along with researchers the Center for Probing the Nanoscale at Stanford University, say they have developed and demonstrated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology with volume resolution 100 million times finer than conventional MRI.

Results of the demonstration were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The development represents a significant step forward in tools for molecular biology and nanotechnology by providing the ability to study complex 3-D structures at the nanoscale, according to IBM.

Extending MRI to such fine resolution enabled scientists to create a microscope that, once fully developed, may be powerful enough to decipher the structure and interactions of proteins and pave the way for new advances in personalized healthcare and targeted medicines.

"If we achieve our ultimate goal of atomic resolution, it could have a tremendous impact on medicine and drug design. We certainly hope that if this happens, the technology will be commercialized in some way. Right now, it is too early to even guess about how the commercialization would happen or what the time frame for practical applications Click to learn how AT&T Application Management can help you focus on the growth and profitability of your business. would be," Dan Rugar, manager of Nanoscale Studies at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., told TechNewsWorld.

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