Performing an MRI on the Earth

While many in the industry will be reticent to accept and believe the application of NMR to earth exploration, no one would hesitate to allow an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to be performed on their body if their doctor prescribed it. When first proposed by Dr. Raymond Damadian in the 1970s, he was ridiculed by his peers in the medical profession. However, the first commercial MRI was performed in 1980 and has become the medical diagnosis of choice, because the science has proved itself to provide the most accurate and detailed view of the human body available to medical examination, surpassing the value of x-rays, both in analyzing injuries and certain diseases.

How does the MRI work for doctors? Basically NMR is attracted to certain atoms and molecules within the human body. The bones, tissue, and fluids within the human body are found within predictable shapes and confines, all recognizable by their individual molecular structure. In the eyes of a doctor, the human body is a maze of molecular compounds. For an MRI to work, technicians look for MOLECULAR DISPLACEMENT by which to diagnose molecules in places where they do not belong, in terms of injury, anatomical anomalies, and growths. MRI technology has won several Nobel Prizes, including recent awards in chemistry and physics, meaning the science has continued on a path of discovery and improvement. As in medicine, the current path of discovery and improvement will continue to provide an ever-expanding view of oil and gas deposits all over the world and to ANY DEPTH for the good of mankind, as pioneered by Numatex. Our name is an acronym taken from “Nuclear Magnetics of Texas.”

Just as medical science scans the human body with NMR in search of molecular compounds, Numatex scans the earth in search of the many various molecular compounds which combine in predictable patterns to reveal oil and gas reservoirs. The key element in oil and gas is hydrogen, which in the human body combines with other elements detectable by NMR, and in oil and gas combines with carbon in molecular form, generating recognizable magnetic fields when properly approached. While the medical use has had a thirty-year head start implementing NMR, no one can doubt its success. Nuclear science now stands to benefit the oil and gas industry for the needs of mankind equal to, if not surpassing, the thriving medical use of NMR. Just as the MRI is the most advanced molecular diagnostic technology known to medical science, NMR IS THE MOST ADVANCED OILFINDING TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE TO MAN.


After 20 years of research and development, on January 31, 2012, Numatex, Inc, filed the first patent application in the history of the oil and gas industry for the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance with which to locate and identify any and every oil reservoir in the earth from the surface, including the ability to determine the width and length of those zones, and the ability to determine the porosity and permeability of those reservoirs to within industry standards from the surface before a well is ever drilled. The same patent application includes the absolute ability to locate any and every fault in the ground at any depth and direction by age of rocks, the ability to examine existing oil fields for inventory, proximity to water, and remaining life purposes, to recommend offsets and placement of injection wells, to determine deeper reserves available to the operators, to “condemn” any potential drilling site as a dry hole, and the ability to deal with the earth’s mixed messages (anomalies), all by NMR.  Our patent, entitled METHOD FOR DETECTING OIL AND GAS FROM THE SURFACE BY NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE is the FIRST and ONLY patent of its kind among all NMR patents.  This technology puts to rest 150 years of “black box” hoaxes and would-be technologies.  With the use of NMR as performed by Numatex, there is no further need for geochem surveys, radiometrics, magnetotelurics, electrotelurics, or aero-magnetic surveys.  If you have seismics, NMR is the best interpretation of your seismics available to man.  NMR will tell you things no geologist is able to assure you of  from his view of seismics or old-fashioned isopachs.


Amazingly, when properly applying NMR, our equipment goes directly to the hydrocarbons without any obstruction from or confusion with any of the multiple layers of sediment, minerals, rocks, fluids, and gases above or below our zones of interest. Because NMR works by radio frequency, our recognition of the conditions beneath us is immediate and clearly focused on the molecular compounds subject to the NMR test, and because the molecular compounds in each oil reservoir are different, the radio (Larmor) frequency emitted from each zone receives NO INTERFERENCE from any other zone of oil, enabling NMR to focus on one zone of oil at a time, along with its environs. The same NMR technology recognizes faulting in the ground to the very linear foot and age of rocks, as described below.

Let us be clear, while the recognition of individual oil reservoirs and WET natural gas at any and every layer are the highest values of NMR, the same science does NOT identify which layer of the earth contains DRY natural gas. Because every different layer of oil has its own individual molecular structure (fingerprint), and is thus identifiable as to deposition, natural gas by definition is a compound of methane, ethane, butane, and propane – at whatever depth and in whatever field. Numatex can tell you whether or not dry natural gas is on your lease, but we make no claim by which to identify its formation. Just as importantly, however, our ability to identify any and every fault on your lease by age of rocks enables us to offer strong clues as to the recovery potential of your natural gas, where to drill, which directions to shoot your laterals, and which directions are most susceptible to fault damage.