Japan's Photonics Research Institute is reporting that its scientists have developed a continuous-flow device that generates hyperpolarized xenon gas, a development that they believe might help to improve the sensitivity of medical nuclear magnetic resonance imaging.

They claim their invention can produce xenon with high level of efficiency, and describe their design as a $quot;commercialized, compact, and automated high-performance system.$quot;

The new technology can be most easily applied to medial scenarios, and is the result of a long period of research and development. The design stemmed initially from scientist's efforts to increase the level of sophistication of continuous-flow systems, in particular for the generation of hyperpolarized xenon gas in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).

The device has advantages in its design and also its applications, in addition to being smaller in size, the device can be connected directly to an NMR apparatus by using simple capillaries. It is expected to be useful in the analysis of pore structures of nanoporous materials, such as those used in fuel cells, and in medical diagnosis technology using sensitive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system.