Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a powerful tool in medical diagnostics. But this technique of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) ist also receiving increasing attention in materials science because it is non‐invasive and because of the abundance of different contrast parameters which reflect the molecular properties of the samples. For instance, distributions in microscopic molecular re‐orientations as well as macroscopic coherent motion can be imaged by appropriate techniques. Applications of both aspects of MRI are reported by examples of images from elastomers, skin, and velocity profiles. In addition, a new method for investigations of surfacenear volume elements of arbitraril shaped samples is shown.
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