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Raymond Vahan Damadian

Date of Birth 16-March-1936
Place of Birth Queens
(New York, New York City, United States of America)
Nationality United States of America, Armenia
Also know as Raymond V Damadian
Raymond Vahan Damadian is an American medical practitioner and inventor of the first MR Scanning Machine. His research into sodium and potassium in living cells led him to his first experiments with nuclear magnetic resonance which caused him to first propose the MR body scanner in 1969. Damadian discovered that tumors and normal tissue can be distinguished in vivo by nuclear magnetic resonance because of their relaxation times. Damadian was the first to perform a full body scan of a human being in 1977 to diagnose cancer. Damadian invented an apparatus and method to use NMR safely and accurately to scan the human body, a method now well known as magnetic resonance imaging. Damadian has received several prizes: In 2001, the Lemelson-MIT Prize Program bestowed its $100,000 Lifetime Achievement Award on Damadian as "the man who invented the MRI scanner." He went on to collaborate with Wilson Greatbach, one early developer of the implantable pacemaker, to develop an MRI-compatible pacemaker. The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia gave its recognition of Damadian's work on MRI with the Bower Award in Business Leadership. He was also named Knights of Vartan 2003 "Man of the Year". He received a National Medal of Technology in 1988 and was inducted in the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1989.

Awards by Raymond Vahan Damadian

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National Medal of Technology and Innovation
(For their independent contributions in conceiving and developing the application of magnetic resonance technology to medical uses including whole body scanning and diagnostic imaging.)