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To successfully diagnose diseases such as cancer, the medical community needs imaging technologies that give high-contrast, detail-rich views of the inner workings of the human body. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a game-changing medical imaging technique that gives unprecedented levels of clarity, especially when scanning soft tissue such as the brain or muscles. And unlike traditional X-rays, MRIs do not expose the patient to radiation.
To work reliably, however, MRIs require a continuous supply of a cryogenic product to cool the magnetic coils in the scanners. This gives the coils superconductive properties. As a result, an electrical current can flow through the coils without resistance, thus enabling the creation of high intensity magnetic fields. Liquid helium is the only medium cold enough to promote superconductivity in metals.
Linde also has a full line of cGMP medical imaging gases. For information regarding 3He or 129Xe for hyperpolarized MRI research gases, please go to our Medical Isotopes page.
Another challenge for the imaging business is uptime. Given the high up-front investment and operational costs of MRI equipment, hospitals are keen to minimize refill windows and keep downtime to an absolute minimum.
With the most diversified helium sourcing portfolio in the industry, we are uniquely positioned to meet your needs for reliability and speed. You also have the reassurance of our global delivery capabilities.
In addition, we bundle our liquid helium with an extensive service package designed to maximize uptime and efficiency gains. Extending across the entire logistics chain from ordering through delivery to the point of use, our service experts save you time and money by ensuring the highest fill efficiency levels in the industry. We even look after inventory management and scheduling so you can concentrate on your core business. Last but not least, we can advise you on safety and optimization measures, including helium recovery and recycling services at MRI production sites.