05 Dec '12 18:032 edits

I missed this bit of physics news that happened a few months back but I was interested to discover today that physicists managed to create a 100 Tesla magnetic field without blowing up the magnet:

http://www.gizmag.com/100-tesla-pulsed-magnet/21946/

I have some burning questions:

If such a 100 Tesla magnetic field was used for MRI, what would its maximum resolution be? I mean, what would be the distance across of the smallest feature it could image? are we talking here about just a few nanometers?

And, what is the mathematical formula for the maximum possible resolution of a MRI scanner given it uses a magnetic field that is X Tesla strong?

And, given unlimited strength of a magnetic field, is it theoretically possible to get an MRI image of single atoms? or even single electron orbitals? what is, if any, the fundamental limit to the maximum resolution to an image from MRI given unlimited magnetic field strength?

http://www.gizmag.com/100-tesla-pulsed-magnet/21946/

I have some burning questions:

If such a 100 Tesla magnetic field was used for MRI, what would its maximum resolution be? I mean, what would be the distance across of the smallest feature it could image? are we talking here about just a few nanometers?

And, what is the mathematical formula for the maximum possible resolution of a MRI scanner given it uses a magnetic field that is X Tesla strong?

And, given unlimited strength of a magnetic field, is it theoretically possible to get an MRI image of single atoms? or even single electron orbitals? what is, if any, the fundamental limit to the maximum resolution to an image from MRI given unlimited magnetic field strength?