Professor John Mallard, the head of Physics at Aberdeen University, lead the physicists team (which included Professor James Hutchinson and Dr Bill Edelstein) who developed and tested the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) body scanning machine and brought its wide spread use to the medical profession. They were assisted by Medical Doctor Francis Smith, a Consultant Radiologist.

The team developed research from the original nuclear magnetic resonance work of Edward Mills Purcell and Felix Bloch in 1946.

The first patient it was used on was a man from Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire who had terminal cancer. His Oncology Consultant was Dr Chris Smith. The patient had stomach cancer and the MRI scan showed that he had a primary tumour in his chest, an abnormal liver and secondary cancer in his bones. This occurred on August the 28th 1980.

The photographs show Mallard and the first successful Aberdeen machine