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Tribute paid to Sir Peter Mansfield, inventor of MRI scanning

Press release – February 13 2017


Tribute paid to Sir Peter Mansfield, inventor of MRI scanning

The Radiology Department at Wye Valley NHS Trust has paid tribute to Nobel laureate Sir Peter Mansfield, who pioneered Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and died last week.

Physicist Sir Peter led a team which experimented with strong magnetic fields to “see” the organs inside a body in the 1970’s.

The new technique gave surgeons the ability to see the body’s internal organs without potentially harmful X-rays by utilising strong magnetic fields and radio waves.

Sir Peter was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology in Medicine in 2003 for his research.

It has been hailed as one of the most important breakthroughs in modern medicine.

His skill and determination lead to the first scanners which have evolved to become the sophisticated MRI scanners used in hospitals around the world – including the scanner used at Hereford County Hospital.

Liz Williams, MRI superintendent at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “Having worked in research myself I can appreciate how tiny positive and negative steps can help contribute to something amazing further down the line.

“The development of the MRI service here in Hereford has likewise seen many progressive steps since the initial installation of our first MRI scanner back in 2001,” added Liz.

“When I look back at the path the radiology team at Hereford has travelled over the years as new MRI applications have been embraced, I realise how far clinical MRI has come.

“We, and many of our patients, owe this thanks to Sir Peter’s determination and dedication to his work.”


Notes to Editors:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
  • With an estimated annual turnover of around £160 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community. For further information please contact:

John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Amanda Millichip, Communications officer 01432 355444  ext. 5105.

The above should be viewed in the context of the draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) which was published in November 2016. It is ‘owned’ by all local health and care organisations working across Herefordshire & Worcestershire, supported by Voluntary Sector representatives.

It’s really early days and at this stage just sets out a direction of travel for the next 4/5 years. We are not consulting on the draft plan, instead through an initiative called Your Conversation we’re having a very early discussion with local people about how this sounds.

There are some STP headline priorities, which are:

  • Doing more to prevent illness and encouraging people to live healthier lives
  • Encouraging people to self-care or self-manage more of the routine aspects of their conditions
  • Improving access to GP appointments
  • Improving our community services which care for people at home, including making better use of technology
  • Changing role for Community Hospitals
  • Easier access to emergency/urgent care
  • Making our acute and specialist services more sustainable


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Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105


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Trust Headquarters
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