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New theory defines faster MRI

Better equations could improve MRI quality, or even bring quantum computing closer

11:12am, November 25, 2008

A long-standing mystery about nuclear magnetic resonance has finally been solved, an advance that could lead to clearer MRI images for medical uses and could provide better control of atoms for quantum computers.

The mystery was in the delicate flipping of the magnetic spin axes of atoms inside a magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, machine — or any device that employs nuclear magnetic resonance, or NMR, a

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