MRI mourns loss of 'forgotten pioneer' Prof. Erik Odeblad

By staff writers

November 20, 2019 -- The Round Table Foundation (TRTF) has posted a tribute to the Swedish medical physicist Prof. Erik Odeblad, who died last month.

Dr. Erik Odeblad, PhD
Prof. Erik Odeblad expresses his joy after receiving the 2012 European Magnetic Resonance Award.

"The global magnetic resonance community has lost one of its most sincere, devoted and finest scientists in medical magnetic resonance basic re­search and application," TRTF noted on its website. "Professor Odeblad was the pioneer scientist who showed that the NMR [nuclear magnetic resonance] signal of tissues was affected by its chemical and biological surroundings, influencing the relaxation times of tissue."

He submitted his most significant results to Acta Radiologica in December 1954, and the paper was published in 1955 (Odeblad E, Lindström G. Some preliminary observations on the proton magnetic resonance in biological samples. Acta Radiol. 1955;43:469-476).

In the following years, Odeblad built his own NMR spectrometers and continued his work on biological samples. In 1966, he became head of the department of medical physics at the University of Umeå. He published around 60 scientific papers on magnetic resonance in human tissue and received the European Magnetic Resonance Award in 2012.

Born on 31 January 1922, Odeblad died on 17 October 2019.

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