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MRI rides the wave

An innovative approach for exciting and detecting signals in magnetic resonance imaging not only improves image quality but also enables radical changes in scanner design by freeing up space around the patient.

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Figure 1: Travelling-wave MRI.



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Glover, P., Bowtell, R. MRI rides the wave. Nature 457, 971–972 (2009).

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