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.

MRI is a game-changing imaging technique that gives unprecedented levels of clarity, especially when scanning soft tissue such as the brain or muscles.

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.

Magnetic resonance imaging is a state-of-the-art imaging process that has become an essential tool in the medical profession in the fight against numerous life-critical conditions and diseases.

To successfully diagnose conditions such as strokes, tumours, aneurysms, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and eye or inner ear problems, the medical community needs imaging technologies that provide high-contrast, detail-rich views of the inner workings of the human body.

MRI is a game-changing imaging technique that gives unprecedented levels of clarity, especially when scanning soft tissue such as the brain or muscles. It also helps doctors to see inside joints, cartilage, ligaments, muscles and tendons, which makes it helpful for detecting various sports injuries.

Unlike traditional X-rays, MRIs do not expose the patient to radiation. MRI works because of the large amounts of water present in the human body. Water molecules contain hydrogen atoms, each with a single proton that is spinning. The spinning axes of these protons are aligned in the presence of the very strong magnetic field applied by the MRI scanner.

A pulse of electromagnetic energy from the MRI pushes the ‘spin’ on these protons off the aligned path. When the pulse is turned off, the protons begin to move back into alignment, releasing the electromagnetic energy they gained. This energy is measured by the scanner and used to create the MRI image.

To work, MRIs require a coolant to give the magnetic coils in the scanner superconductive properties. This enables an electrical current to flow through the coils with little resistance, enabling the high intensity magnetic fields to be generated. Liquid helium is the only medium cold enough to deliver the superconductivity levels required in MRI scanners in metals.

Another challenge for the imaging business is uptime. Given the high up-front investment and operational costs of MRI equipment, hospitals are keen for these expensive assets to be continuously scanning patients so that the expense can be fully justified.

This means that maintenance tasks such as recharging the units with liquid helium need to be completed as rapidly as possible so that units can be returned to service within short scheduled maintenance windows.

With the most diversified helium sourcing portfolio in the industry, Afrox is uniquely positioned to meet these needs for reliability and speed. In addition, hospitals have the reassurance of our global delivery capabilities.

Our L5 filling capabilities on the liquid helium offering is bundled with an extensive service package designed to maximise uptime and efficiency gains. Extending across the entire logistics chain from ordering through delivery to the point of use, our service experts save MRI operators time and money by ensuring the highest fill efficiency levels in the industry. We even look after inventory management and scheduling to enable hospitals to concentrate on accurate diagnoses and patient care.