American, Briton Win Nobel Prize for Medicine

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American Paul Lauterbur of the University of Illinois

American Paul Lauterbur of the University of Illinois wins the Nobel in medicine for his pioneering work on magnetic resonance imaging. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign hide caption

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The University of Nottingham's Peter Mansfield shares the Nobel Medicine Prize.

University of Nottingham's Peter Mansfield shares the medicine prize with Lauterbur. Their research laid the groundwork for MRIs, which the Nobel committee says has revolutionized medicine. About 60 million MRIs are performed each year. Reuters Limited hide caption

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American Paul Lauterbur and Briton Sir Peter Mansfield receive the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their discoveries leading to a technique known as magnetic resonance imaging. MRI is now a routine procedure used to examine the brain and inner organs without surgery. Hear NPR's Richard Knox.

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