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MRI scanner built in a double decker bus, United Kingdom, 1991

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This MRI scanner is contained in a double-decker bus. It appeared on the once popular television programme Tomorrow’s World and was a result of funding by CORDA, a heart research charity. MRI scanners see inside the body. This one particularly looked at the heart and lungs. As previous scanning techniques were unable to look into the heart, more risky methods were used. This revolutionary mobile unit was the first MRI able to look at moving organs. Being built into a double-decker bus allowed the unit to move around the country and different hospitals used it for research. CORDA’s aim was to develop the technology so it could screen for heart disease.

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