Using an MRI scanner as a guitar amp and speakers

Dr-McRobbieDr Donald McRobbie, who is director and head of magnetic resonance physics at the Radiological Sciences Unit of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, UK, is one of the few, perhaps the only, researcher(s) to have plugged an electric guitar into an MRI scanner and used the scanner as amp and speakers. Improbable has been unable to obtain further information regarding the technical methodology of the procedure, nevertheless, here are details from his website:

“Most bizarre thing done with a guitar: I am the only person to plug a guitar into an MRI scanner and use the scanner as amp and speakers. I performed the scanner song ‘Shimming’ at a scientific conference in the Honolulu Convention Centre.

(Click here to listen) May take a bit of time to load (its just over 1mb) but worth hearing.”

Also see: Playing a cello (inside an MRI scanner)

Safety note:  Don’t try this at home (if you have an MRI scanner at home) without first obtaining safety advice from an expert.


4 Responses to “Using an MRI scanner as a guitar amp and speakers”

  1. Trang Nguyen Says:

    Wow that was really cool. I thought the MRI would harm the metal parts on the guitar though. Anyway, thanks for the post!

  2. Jason Says:

    Well this is a rather interesting idea, was curious to hear what it sounds like but there doesn’t seem to be any volume on that page (also tried going in through the link on Robbie’s page, same result). It’s definitely had enough time to load. He should put it up on YouTube as well.

  3. Martin Gardiner Says:

    A direct link to the audio file (in .wav format) may be found here

  4. Jason Says:

    Thanks for that, the new link worked. Sounds surprisingly good!

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