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Helium Discovery Vital for MRI Scanners

Jun 29, 2016

Researchers in Britain say the discovery of a vast new helium field in Tanzania will be enough to fill more than 1.2 million magnetic resonance imaging scanners. A liquefied form of the gas is used to cool the magnets incorporated in the imaging technology.

“This is a game-changer for the future security of society’s helium needs and similar finds in the future may not be far away,” said Oxford University professor Chris Ballentine in a news release

University researchers teamed with a commercial helium exploration company to develop a new approach to exploration that targets thermal springs and zones located between ancient and modern volcanic activity.

The research was presented at the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Yokohama, Japan.

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