New MRI system creates nanoscale images - Eventually will image nuclear spins of atoms

04/18/2014 - 00:00

By Peter Reuell -

For decades, scientists have used techniques such as X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging to gain invaluable insight into the atomic structure of molecules. Such efforts have long been hampered by the fact that they demand large quantities of a specific molecule, often in ordered and crystalized form, to be effective — making it all but impossible to peer into the structure of most molecules.

Harvard researchers say those problems may soon be a thing of the past.