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This is an interactive simulation on the topic of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The user can change the applied magnetic field and the RF signal and observe the effect on magnetic spins. In the NMR mode, the user can choose between different atoms. In the MRI mode, the user can include gradients to the magnetic field and add a tumor to the head being visualized.  

This is part of a larger collection developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET).

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5.0_15 of Java Applet Plug-in.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Radiation
- Magnetic Fields and Forces
- Magnetic Materials
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
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University of Colorado, Physics Education Technology
IPLS, Imaging, MRI, Medical, NMR, Nuclei, RF, Tumor, magnetic field, magnetic spin, medical application
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Metadata instance created November 16, 2007 by Alea Smith
Record Updated:
July 8, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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June 6, 2010
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Is Referenced By Modern Miracle Medical Machines: Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The KSU Modern Miracle Medical Machines MRI activity makes use of this PhET simulation.

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