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The Beatles and CT

KUHF-FM (88.7, Houston), May 29, 2010

UTMB’s Norbert Herzog and David Niesel report that Beatlemania had a hand in one of the greatest medical inventions — the CT or CAT scanner. “It’s among today’s best diagnostic imaging tools. Here’s the connection. Back in 1962, the Beatles signed with Electric & Music Industries, EMI. The Beatles were so successful that EMI was able to fund other divisions of the company, in particular the work of engineer Godfrey Hounsfield. Hounsfield first conceived of the idea of the CT when he wondered if he could take an image of an object inside a box by using multiple x-rays. He was successful, and in 1972 made the first commercially available CT scanner that took only images of the brain. A few years later, Hounsfield developed a full body CT that won him the Nobel Prize in Medicine.” Medical Discovery News airs locally at 10 a.m. Saturday on KUHF.




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