Magnetic Resonance Imaging is rapidly becoming the medical imaging modality of choice for soft tissue injuries. The technology development of MRI, however, is relatively young with only 20 years or so of commercial development. The major aim of this project is to contribute to this and the next generation of MRI scanners through technical innovation. New engineering design methods will be developed and used to generate novel superconducting magnet systems and associated equipment. A strong focus of the design work will be to include electromagnetic models of the patient in the equipment design. This will not only ensure improved accuracy and speed of MRI scans, but also better patient safety, comfort and clinician access. ''