Philips seeks new superconducting materials for helium-free MRI scanners

The Philips Ingenia Ambition 1.5T MRI scanner with BlueSeal technology [Image courtesy of Philips]

Royal Philips and superconducting magnetics researchers will seek ways to develop magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners without helium cooling through a new partnership agreement.

Their findings could make MRI scanners smaller, lighter and less expensive to manufacture and operate, increasing patient accessibility. With the world’s limited amount of helium dwindling, suppliers are rationing while medical researchers and healthcare providers hope for long-term solutions.

Philips and other imaging tech manufacturers like GE and Siemens have developed scanning devices that use less helium. New semiconducting materials could eliminate the need for helium in MRI machines.

Through its newly announced deal with MagCorp, Philips will tap the expertise of materials scientists at Florida State Univer…

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