The green patient in the wooden shed

How the story of magnetic resonance imaging at Siemens Healthineers began.

Ingo Zenger
Published on July 3, 2023
Das erste MR-Forschungslabor aus Holz, fotografiert im Jahr 1979

The first MRI research laboratory made of wood, photographed in 1979

The bell pepper had everyone excited! 

Die Magnetresonanztomographie der Paprika mit Aufnahmedatum 14. Februar 1980
Aufnahme mit dem Magnetom, 1980

In early 1980, scanning Alexander Ganssen's head took around 20 minutes.

Arnulf Oppelt vor dem Ganzkörpermagneten für die erste klinische Installation in Hannover

Arnulf Oppelt standing in front of the whole-body magnet used in the first clinical installation in Hanover

Magnetom, 1983

Ingo Zenger
Ingo Zenger
By Ingo Zenger

Technology journalist and author at the Siemens Healthineers Historical Institute