by Jerry Bergman, Ph.D. * Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Toledo Medical School in Ohio
Dr. Raymond Damadian is the “father of the MRI” (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). MRI is widely recognized as “one of the great medical breakthroughs of the 20th century” and has saved and enhanced countless lives.
MRI is a 10+ billion-dollar-per-year industry. Over a billion MRI scans have been completed since its invention, with over 60 million additional scans each year.
In 1970, he documented a major difference in MR signals between cancer and normal tissue, as well as major differences among normal tissue types—a critical discovery that made MRI scans possible. As early as 1973, articles appeared in popular magazines about his achievements.
His wife, Donna, wrote that Damadian had “great faith in the Lord and that, with His help, he’d be able to” achieve his goal of developing MRI technology to help diagnose disease. In his struggle to develop MRI, she added that the “Lord always seemed to look after him.” After much work, he achieved his goal of developing a functional MRI and soon after began manufacturing these extraordinary machines.
Recognition of Damadian’s Achievements
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan awarded the National Medal of Technology jointly to Dr. Damadian and Dr. Paul Lauterbur for their contributions to the development of MRI. In 1989, Damadian was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, joining other distinguished men, including Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Samuel F. B. Morse, and the Wright Brothers. The first MRI scanner ever built—Damadian’s own machine called “Indomitable”—was placed in the Smithsonian Institution the same year. In March 2004, he was awarded The Franklin Institute Medal “for his development and commercialization of magnetic resonance imaging…which has transformed the diagnosis and treatment of disease.”
His Christian and Creationist Involvement
Damadian became a born-again Christian in 1957 at a Billy Graham crusade in Madison Square Garden. Extensive reading and study on science and theology put his Christian faith on firm footing, especially on the creation-evolution question.
Damadian’s deeply held religious beliefs, specifically his conclusions on origins, are detailed in his new book, Gifted Mind. As an active creationist, he has served on the boards of several creation organizations, including the Institute for Creation Research and the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum.
Dr. Damadian is one of many scientists who have realized science does not lead to Darwinism; rather, science leads us to the feet of the Grand Designer.
Source: Institute of Creation Research, Acts & Facts, May 2015
http://www.icr.org/article/8685 See this article for 16 footnotes
Dr Damadian’s new book “Gifted Mind” is available below
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