Liquid helium, the lifeblood of MRI machines


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a game-changing technology in the medical community, enabling specialist physicians to gather vital information about a patient’s condition in a non-intrusive, radiation-free way.

The first MRI scan of a human took place in 1977 and this method of imaging diagnostics has developed so rapidly that it is now found in almost every major hospital in developed economies.

Liquid helium plays an essential role in the technology to cool the superconducting magnets that generate high resolution images of the human body.

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