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MRI innovations that matter to you - a rich Philips history

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MRI NetForum Team Philips Healthcare • Netherlands


After the foundation of Philips in 1891, the brothers Gerard and Anton Philips expanded the company and in a few years Philips belonged to the largest producers of light bulbs in the world. Stimulated by the Industrial Revolution in Europe, Philips’ first research laboratory was established in 1914 – that’s 100 years ago – and the company started introducing its first innovations in x-ray and radio technology. Over the years, the list of inventions has only been growing, and now includes countless breakthroughs that have continued to enrich people’s everyday lives.

First Philips MRI system in 1980

Our first MRI system, called Proton, was introduced in 1980. Since then, we’ve been privileged to work with clinical partners from all over the globe who share our vision of a healthier world. The year 2014 marks 35 years of Philips innovations in MRI.


Pioneering MRI advances were realized over the years in collaboration with our partners. Examples are listed in the wheel of innovation below and there have been many more fruitful innovative projects. To mention an example, ISMRM members recently selected the 2003 paper Transmit SENSE[1] by Philips employees Ulrich Katscher, Peter Börnert, Christoph Leussler and Johan S. van den Brink, as one of the 30 most influential papers that shaped MRI.


Together, we have made many groundbreaking advances that are well recognized. We owe our thanks to you for making every one of them possible. We look forward to many more years of exciting collaboration.


1. U Katscher, P Börnert, C Leussler, JS van den Brink Transmit SENSE Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 49:144–150 (2003)

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