Magnetic Resonance Project 35-26-7: A Cuban Case of Engineering Physics and Biophysics

  • Carlos A. Cabal MirabalEmail author
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 304)


The Magnetic Resonance Project 35-26-7 started in December 1987, commissioned by the [then] Cuban Prime Minister, Fidel Castro, who—concerned about introducing technological advancement into the Cuban health [system]—had for some months taken an interest in the possibility of building magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment for medical diagnosis in Cuba (Zito M, Argüelles MM et al, Y sin embargo–: ciencia: hablan 30 investigadores cubanos. Editoria April, Habana, pp 56–66, 1999; Cabal, Biofísica Médica. In: Fidel Castro Dìas-Balart (eds) Cuba. Amanecer del Tercer Milenio. Ciencia, Sociedad y Tecnología: Biofísica Médica. Debate Editorial, Madrid, pp 31–48, 2002). Many of the companies producing MRI equipment were unable to deliver this technology to Cuba due to the bloqueo, the United States embargo against Cuba. Those who were later to advance the project’s progress in scientific technology initially regarded the implementation of such a project in a developing country as unfeasible due to its complexity. But Fidel’s belief and confidence and in turn the Cuban scientists’ commitment to him and to Cuban science proved to be an undeniable factors for its success.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Head of Images Group, Chemical Physics DivisionCenter for Genetic Engineering and BiotechnologyHavanaCuba

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