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Congressional Workshop: Biological Imaging and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), 1983


Scope and Contents

The second Sloan workshop, Biological Imaging and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, was held early in December for congressional staff memebers. This rapidly developing area of medical technology is archieving spectactular results in imaging both structure and function in the living body while employing minimally invasive procedures. However, the costs can also be spectacular, and during this relatively early stage of development, it is imperative for congressional decision makers to have an understanding of what these technologies are likely to achieve and of the relative advantages and disadvantages of competing approaches. They must also have an overall feel for the benefits, risks, and costs that these technologies will potentially bring the U.S. health care capability at large. The December workshop, which considered everything from the theoretical foundations of this technology to the practical installation of the apparatuses themselves, together with multiple examples of just what such approaches are currently achieving and are likely to achieve in the near future, helped to clarify considerably the complexities of this new area of medical technology.


  • Creation: 1983


Access Restrictions

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available in full at CSHL Archives thanks to support from CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant awarded in 2021. Some restrictions apply, see Archivist for details. Access is given by appointment only.


6 Cassettes : Tape 1 Side 1 [01:00:36]; Tape 1 Side 2 [1:00:36]; Tape 2 Side 1 [01:00:04]; Tape 2 Side 2 [01:00:04]; Tape 3 Side 1 [01:00:42]; Tape 3 Side 2 [01:00:41]; Tape 4 Side 1 [00:55:35]; Tape 4 Side 2 [00:32:21]; Tape 5 Side 1 [00:58:38]; Tape 5 Side 2 [00:58:35]; Tape 6 Side 1 [00:54:35]

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Friday, 2 December

Introduction and Welcome / Britton Chance

Overview / Paul C. Lauterbur

Saturday, 3 December

Session 1

Molecules in Magnetic Fields / Thomas Brady

Positron Emission Tomography / Michel Ter-Pogossian

Session 2

In Vivo Nuclear Magnetic Resonance / Britton Chance

Proton Imaging and Computed Tomography / Charles Higgins

Sunday, 4 December

Session 3

Comparative and Safety Aspects / Thomas Budinger

Summary Discussion / Paul C. Lauterbur and Britton Chance

Repository Details

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