NEW

Carestream Preps DR Workflow Solutions for AHRA 2022

Carestream Health will spotlight diagnostic imaging technologies that improve radiographer workflow at the upcoming Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2022 conference in Phoenix, Ariz. “Even before the global pandemic, radiology departments have been...

KA Imaging Unveils SpectralDR

Canadian manufacturer KA Imaging has unveiled a new brand identity for its patented dual-energy technology. SpectralDR is currently built into the Reveal 35C detector. The new brand is in line with the company’s strategy to expand its presence in the X-ray market....

Tellica Opens 3 New Imaging Centers

Siemens Healthineers and Tellica Imaging LLC, an Intermountain Healthcare company, have announced the opening of Tellica’s three outpatient imaging centers in Utah — the result of a new 10-year value partnership where Siemens Healthineers provides medical imaging...

626 Acquires Medical Imaging Solutions

CEO Hints at Additional Acquisitions 626 Holdings LLC recently announced the addition of Medical Imaging Solutions (MIS). “MIS could not be a better fit. The addition of MIS helps both our customers and our employees win on many different levels including the...

[Sponsored] MRI Systems and the Helium Shortage | Keeping Your Cool

Sponsored by Technical Prospects

Birthday balloons and funny chipmunk voices aside, there are some serious implications to the ongoing global helium shortage.

Helium may be one of the most-abundant elements in the universe, but here on Earth it’s also one of the lightest. So, it tends to float away into the atmosphere and escape into outer space given the chance.

Industries that make use of helium are struggling to meet demand due to a dwindling supply. That includes a very important purpose in medical imaging. Liquid helium is used to cool superconducting magnets in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines.

Helium shortages aren’t exactly new. In fact, balloons in the 1958 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade were filled with regular air that year due to poor helium availability. Unfortunately, that’s not a feasible solution for MRIs.

The publication Gasworld reports that around 75% of the world’s helium is produced in just three locations, including Qatar, Wyoming, and Texas. That’s one reason why, according to an article in the New York Times, if you rely on helium, eventually your supplier will “let you down” and make you wait.

One of the biggest worries is how the current shortage could hamper healthcare providers’ ability to make important diagnoses. In-house imaging engineers and field service engineers (FSEs) play a crucial, behind-the-scenes role in helping hospitals and clinics avoid that possibility.

Fill out the form to learn more about how helium shortages impact medical imaging engineers and access a high res document to use as a quick reference when performing PMs or while evaluating helium levels in Siemens MRI models on any site visit.

Article Request: MRI Systems and the Helium Shortage

Previous

Next

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.