Knowing the chemical breakdown of a given sample is very important information for scientists in a wide variety of fields-from pharmacology to neurology-and NMR spectroscopist helps them all.
First, we had X-rays, which show how the bones look inside. Now doctors use MRI’s (magnetic resonance imaging-an NMR technology) for soft tissue analysis. An MRI can reveal, for example, that a patient has a blood clot, a deadly blockage in a blood vessel. Many times, doctors don’t know what type a patient has until they’ve cut the patient open and looked. Improved MRI’s would change that. They’re a much less invasive way to make a diagnosis!
When you hear that scientists have discovered that a certain plant has medicinal properties, a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopist probably determined what chemicals it contains that make it good medicine. And when you read that a certain food causes cancer, an NMR spectroscopist probably identified the carcinogen it contains.
A nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer-a device that lets scientists identify the chemical make-up of substances.
Math is VERY important for NMR spectroscopist. Mathematics can describe how the nuclei respond to the NMR. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopis (NMR) spectroscopist can also determine the molecular structure of samples using data in classical mechanical equations.