'Jedi' helmet, used with Cryogenic Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine

Made:
1980 in United States
maker:
Data General

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One of a group of 'Jedi' helmets for use in MRI scanning of the brain, 1984. Front three quarter view. White background.
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One of five 'Jedi helmets,' silver inner helmet, used with Cryogenic Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine and associated computing equipment by Data General, United States, 1980.

To take MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans of the brain, these helmets were worn by children and adults. The coils are aerials for picking up MRI signals. Naming them after the Jedi knights in Star Wars films encouraged children to put them on and not to be frightened.

MRI builds up a picture of the human body by using high frequency radio waves known as NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance). MRI does not expose the body to radiation or invasive surgery and it can image soft tissues more effectively than X-ray-based methods.

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Details

Category:
Radiomedicine
Object Number:
1993-1003/2 Pt1
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), copper (alloy), electrical components, plastic (unidentified)
type:
component - object
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
status:
Permanent collection

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