Kelly A. Joyce, Magnetic Appeal: MRI and the Myth of Transparency

Annette Jane Burfoot
2009 Canadian journal of sociology  
Magnetic Appeal: MRI and the Myth of Transparency. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008, 208 pp. $US 21.95 paper (978-0-8014-7456-9), $US 59.95 hardcover (978-0-8014-4489-0) I n her concluding chapter Kelly Joyce claims that Magnetic Appeal "moves academic analysis of medical imaging technologies into new sociocultural areas [to show] how these realms shape and are shaped by each other" (p. 154) To some degree the text does this, but perhaps not in the way the author had hoped. My feeling
more » ... d hoped. My feeling on many occasions while reading through the incredibly rich, detailed, and fascinating information on the development and dissemination of MRI technology was that Kelly Joyce promised more than she delivered. The book examines MRI technology in the US from its early incarnations as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in the 1970s to its full blown and expanding application in medical practice today. The evidence comes from multiple sources: interviews with four scientists key to MRI development, content analysis of popular culture on MRI, fieldwork at three imaging centres and five MRI conferences, an unspecified number of interviews with medical professionals affiliated with the research sites and a literature review of science and technology studies. The wealth of highly varied findings, (including qualitative and quantitative information) are reported in six chapters.
doi:10.29173/cjs6150 fatcat:ppo3t7rhxzd5tmn6n2mpoutsqm