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Paul C. Lauterbur Ph.D.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2003
Nobel Co-recipient Sir Peter Mansfield
The President's National Medal of Science - Physical Sciences 1987
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation 1988

Chemist. Magnetic resonance imaging.

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Lauterbur's university decided not to file patent applications based on his work. "The company that was in charge of such applications decided that it would not repay the expense of getting a patent," Lauterbur said in 2003. "That turned out not to be a spectacularly good decision."

However, The University of Nottingham did file patents, and fellow Nobelist Peter Mansfield became wealthy enough to donate a new MRI center to the university.

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Publication:1/4
Publication No:US 6088611 A
Title:Model based method for high resolution dynamic imaging
Publication Type:United States Utility Patent
Publication Date:Jul 11, 2000
Filing Date:Aug 18, 1995
Inventors:Lauterbur Paul C, Liang Zhi-pei, Jiang Hong
Assignee:The Board Of Trustees Of The University Of Illinois
Abstract:Described here, is a method for obtaining high-resolution snap-shot images of moving objects in MR imaging applications through the elimination of ghosting and other image artifacts by estimating motion frequency data, estimating amplitude data for the motion frequency data, interpolating the motion frequency data and the amplitude data to generate snap-shot data frames, and generating snapshot images of each data frame.
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Publication No:US 5708359 A
Title:Interactive, stereoscopic magnetic resonance imaging system
Publication Type:United States Utility Patent
Publication Date:Jan 13, 1998
Filing Date:Dec 4, 1995
Inventors:Gregory Carl D, Potter Clinton S, Lauterbur Paul C
Assignee:The Board Of Trustees Of The University Of Illinois
Abstract:Described are a preferred system and method for acquiring magnetic resonance signals which can be viewed stereoscopically in real or near-real time. The preferred stereoscopic MRI systems are interactive and allow for the adjustment of the acquired images in real time, for example to alter the viewing angle, contrast parameters, field of view, or position associated with the image, all advantageously facilitated by voice-recognition software.
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Publication No:US 5532006 A
Title:Magnetic gels which change volume in response to voltage changes for MRI
Publication Type:United States Utility Patent
Publication Date:Jul 2, 1996
Filing Date:Apr 23, 1993
Inventors:Lauterbur Paul C, Frank Shachar
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Abstract:Disclosed are compositions useful in nuclear magnetic resonance imaging comprising a matrix which exhibits a volume phase change in response to an electric field, the matrix containing a magnetic and preferably superparamagnetic component distributed therethrough.
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Publication No:US 5081992 A
Title:Method for calculating localized magnetic resonance spectra from a small number of spatially-encoded spectroscopic signals
Publication Type:United States Utility Patent
Publication Date:Jan 21, 1992
Filing Date:Nov 30, 1990
Inventors:Levin David N, Hu Xiaoping, Lauterbur Paul C, Spraggins Thomas
Assignee:Siemens Medical Systems
Abstract:An MR imaging study precedes an MR spectroscopic study. Structural information from the imaging study is combined with MR spectra from the spectroscopic study to produce localized MR spectra.
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Name: Paul Christian Lauaterbur
Birth: 6 May 1929, Sidney, OH, USA
Death: 27 March 2007, Urbana, IL, USA
Institution: University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA
Award: "for their discoveries concerning magnetic resonance imaging"
Subject: Diagnostic imaging
Portion of Cash: 1/2
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