Working over the years with educators, scientists and healthcare givers has enhanced our own
research abilities and incited us to push our own imagination towards new heights.
In the beginning of 1980, a team of UCSF researchers completed the invention of Nuclear Magnetic
Resonance (NMR) imaging (now known as Magnetic Resonance Imaging [MRI]).
At that time, the fifteen-story UCSF Joseph Long Hospital was under construction for more than 15
years. Aviva was hired with the specific responsibility to re-design the Radiology Department on
the third floor to accommodate the newly-invented 8-ft diameter magnet, the first MRI.
With its intensive space and equipment planning issues, technologically stringent requirements, wall
shielding, seismic bracing and engineering systems coordination, this project inspired and
challenged Aviva and opened up a long series of healthcare projects that became her professional
passion for the ensuing years.