This month in 1977: the first ever MRI scan


The “catalyst for tremendous growth in demand for helium”, this month marks 42 years since the first ever MRI scan.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive, painless imaging technique for obtaining detailed pictures of organs and other structures inside the human body; a procedure that can eliminate the need for exploratory surgery.

The first ever MRI scan of a human was performed on 3rd July 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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