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Three Cool Cat Scans
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 07/23/08 8:20 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Did you know that money from Beatles record sales helped to fund the development of the CT scan machine (also known as CAT scan)?

A researcher named Godfrey Hounsfield in England, who worked for EMI, which stands for Electrical and Musical Industries, was tinkering around with the idea of the CT scan just around the same time another EMI company, Parlophone Records, signed The Beatles. Some of the profits of the Beatles' string of massive hits in the 1960's allowed Hounsfield to develop the CAT scan machine, which EMI released in 1972, garnering Hounsfield the 1979 Nobel Prize for medicine.

Godfrey Hounsfield

By the way, the CAT scan machine isn't the only invention that came out of the industrial side of EMI that might interest Beatles fans. EMI pioneered the manufacture and use of tape recording, and EMI scientist Alan Blumein invented a microphone technique for stereo recording that's still used in recording studios today.

EMI one-track studio tape recorder

(Some info thanks to CNET News.)

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