Medical physicist Professor John Mallard, who pioneered the event of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) expertise, has died aged 94.
The College of Aberdeen introduced the dying of its inaugural professor of medical physics, who led an Aberdeen staff in constructing the primary whole-body MRI scanner, which Aberdeen clinicians had been then in a position to make use of to hold out the world’s first full physique scan of a affected person.
Right this moment, MRI expertise is used all around the world within the analysis and remedy of most cancers, dementia and a variety of different circumstances and accidents.
Prof Mallard was additionally an early champion of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging, which may produce detailed three-dimensional photos of the within of the physique and is without doubt one of the world’s strongest instruments for learning human ailments.
In 1992, Professor Mallard was awarded an OBE within the Queen’s Birthday Honours Record. He was additionally awarded the Freedom of the Metropolis of Aberdeen in 2004.
Professor Siladitya Bhattacharya, Head of the College of Aberdeen’s College of Drugs, Medical Sciences and Diet, stated: “We’re deeply saddened to study of the passing of Prof John Mallard who, alongside together with his staff helped change the face of medical imaging.
“His legacy lives on via the expertise that saves lives each day and we’re proud that he carried out such ground-breaking work on the College of Aberdeen.
“Our ideas are together with his household at the moment.”
Emeritus Professor Peter Sharp, who labored for Prof Mallard earlier than turning into his successor, added: “Professor John Mallard performed a serious function within the improvement of medical physics, each right here within the UK and overseas.
“It’s no understatement to say that a whole bunch of 1000’s of sufferers worldwide have benefited from his imaginative and prescient for medical imaging.”