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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

In search of hospital's antimatter.

Antimatter, is a classical example of the power of theoretical research, as I learned one year ago. If you didn't know, antimatter (as positron) was first predicted theoretically by Paul Dirac and then discovered experimentally.

I didn't know till march though what an important application it could have when it is combined with Einstein's work.

Lets do our 007 mission to find out where antimatter lives in a well equipped hospital. Ok, once passing the checking point we could use an intelligent system to voice our request for locating the hospital's most sophisticated equipment. Well...what is the jewel equipment of any hospital that all patients and doctors want? I hope you guess it. It is the MRI equipment.

Now, how MRI relates to antimatter. As I learned during PI's march Black Hole session (see below picture), MRI uses Positron Emission Tomography (PET) technology to create high quality body images that doctors use in their diagnosis.

As you can see, antimatter goes after the cancer and there is nothing to be afraid of since it is part of the nature.


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