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Helium – Why This Non-renewable Resource Matters

Estimated reading time: 14 minutes

Quick summary: This article explores the critical issue of helium scarcity and its impact on medical imaging. Helium is a non-renewable resource essential for cooling the superconducting magnets in magnetic resonance imaging systems. However, limited production, growing demand, and inefficient usage drive up costs and environmental concerns. We look at alternative solutions such as recondensing systems and dry magnet technology, emphasising the need for sustainable innovations in healthcare.


World Environment Day 2024: We Are Generation Restoration

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Welcome to the second part of our series on sustainability in medical imaging. The first article centred around Earth Day 2024 and its focus on “Planet vs Plastics”.

The timing of this piece could not be better as we now reflect on World Environment Day on 5th June 2024; every day, it is becoming more crucial to consider the environmental impact and sustainability of healthcare technologies.

The theme for 2024’s World Environment Day is “We are Generation Restoration”. Although it aims to spotlight land restoration, desertification and drought resilience, the theme is also relevant to other non-renewable resources, such as helium. The organisers have made this abundantly clear with their slogan: “We cannot turn back time, but we can grow forests, revive water sources, and bring back soils. We are the generation that can make peace with land.”

The environmental impact of helium extraction, purification and usage is considerable. The extraction process involves large-scale geological operations because the only commercially viable helium on earth is in underground natural gas sources. These processes disturb natural habitats and contribute to desertification.

Additionally, the transition from coal-powered energy generation to natural gas has led to increased usage of this resource alongside the expansion of renewable energy generation. Thus, reducing helium consumption and conserving helium resources will undoubtedly contribute to our efforts to “make peace with the land”.

This article will delve into the issues of helium supply, a significant medical imaging issue, and explore sustainable solutions to mitigate its impact.

What is Helium? The Element You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Helium, the second most abundant element in the universe, is primarily found on Earth in underground natural gas deposits. As a noble gas, helium possesses a set of unique chemical and physical properties, including:

  • low density (i.e. it is lighter than air)
  • low boiling point
  • non-reactive to other elements.

Perhaps more well-known for its association with party balloons, helium plays a much more critical role in modern technology than is generally realised. Its unique attributes make helium invaluable in many industries, particularly scientific research and healthcare.

Helium is instrumental in many everyday applications and products we rely on, such as the gas mixture used in scuba tanks, arc welding and computer hard drives. Helium is necessary for enabling rocket fuel flow and is vital for manufacturing semiconductors. It is also used to cool superconducting magnets used in particle accelerators. Helium cools the superconducting magnets used in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) systems and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) systems, enabling biochemists to determine the structure of complex molecules.

Although the biggest consumer of helium globally is NASA, consuming approximately 20 million cubic meters of helium for rocket propulsion annually (Ijaz, 2023)1, the medical industry plays a significant role. The element is so critical in medical imaging that medical research and magnetic resonance imaging account for approximately 30 per cent of global helium consumption annually (Ólafsdóttir & Sverdrup, 2020)2.

Helium is a non-renewable resource formed through the radioactive decay of uranium and thorium over billions of years in the Earth’s crust. Troublingly, once released into the atmosphere, helium molecules are so light that they escape Earth’s gravity and are lost into space forever.

Despite occurring naturally, helium gas is only accessible via extraction from underground natural gas deposits. For it to be feasible to extract, there must be at least 0.3 per cent of helium (by volume) in the natural gas reserves being mined, so there are limited usable sources on the planet (Opfer & Bos, 2023)3. Once extracted, it must be transitioned from gas to liquid for transportation and many applications.

Why Helium is Crucial in Medical Imaging

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MRI relies on magnetic fields to produce detailed images of the body’s internal structures suitable for clinical diagnosis. All high-field MRI systems utilise superconducting magnets to generate the magnetic field strength required to produce the gold-standard image quality required for many clinical diagnostic applications. As mentioned, helium primarily cools the superconducting magnets within these high-field MRI systems.

The magnets must maintain a superconducting state to produce the strong and stable magnetic field essential for diagnostic imaging. Without adequate cooling, the magnets would lose their superconducting properties, and the scanner would cease to operate.

Helium is unique because it has a very low boiling point (4.2 kelvin at atmospheric pressure), meaning it doesn’t become solid (freeze) at low temperatures. It makes liquid helium an ideal cooling source for superconducting magnets, which must typically be maintained at these very low temperatures to remain in the superconducting state.

However, several issues impact the use of helium in technology today. In short, these are:

  • Increasing scarcity
  • The environmental impact of production
  • Rising costs

Helium is a Non-renewable Resource and Becoming Increasingly Scarce

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Despite its abundance in the universe, helium is a finite element becoming increasingly scarce on Earth. Its limited supply and the growing demand driven by new technologies and medical advances are contributing factors (Provornaya, Filimonova, Eder, Nemov, & Zemnukhova, 2022)4. The extraction and purification process is costly and complex, further complicating matters.

Additionally, with most of the Earth’s helium reserves located in the underground natural gas fields of the United States, Qatar, Algeria and Russia (U.S. Geological Survey, 2024)5, production and distribution can be vulnerable to volatility in the global political climate. In the past, strategic reserves stored by governments have been used to mitigate price fluctuations and guarantee availability for strategic users.

Over the past five years, the volume of helium extraction has remained steady, yet its consumption has dramatically increased (U.S. Geological Survey, 2024). Researchers have predicted that with the current rate of helium depletion, the world could face severe shortages as early as 2043 (Puiu, 2013)6 and possibly run out entirely by 2090 without intervention (Ólafsdóttir & Sverdrup, 2020). Although researchers seem to disagree with the varying projected rates of depletion, it is clear that helium is becoming scarcer over time (Provornaya, Filimonova, Eder, Nemov, & Zemnukhova, 2022).

Encouragingly, substitutes for helium in some applications do exist. Alternative cooling methods for superconducting magnets are also available. More on this later.

Depleting Helium Reserves Worsened by Wastage

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Helium wastage is another concern affecting the resource’s depleting reserves. Inefficiencies in producing and distributing helium gas contribute to the loss of significant volumes. These losses, including evaporation during storage and transportation, further exacerbate helium scarcity and drive up prices.

Another practice, gas flaring also results in the loss of significant volumes of natural gas containing potentially accessible helium (World Bank, 2024)7.

The Environmental Impact of Helium Production

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Even if we ignore fears about helium scarcity, we must not overlook the significant environmental issues that helium production contributes to. Although the environmental impacts of gas and oil mining occur irrespective of helium extraction, the additional processing involved in extracting and purifying helium is energy-intensive.

This extraction process, called “fractional distillation”, separates the helium from hydrocarbons and nitrogenous compounds in natural gas to produce crude helium (Serra Leal, Incer-Valverde, & Morosuk, 2023)8. Following this, further refinements and purification are needed to create “Grade-A” helium and convert it to the liquid required by most medical and commercial applications (Grynia & Griffin, 2016)9.

The additional energy required for these extraction and purification processes is a problematic contributor to environmental concerns, in addition to the greenhouse gases already produced during the drilling of natural gas (Serra Leal, Incer-Valverde, & Morosuk, 2023).

Furthermore, as helium becomes more challenging to access, the incentive to carry out more aggressive extraction operations increases, further exacerbating the environmental damage.

Rising Cost of Helium

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True to the well-known laws of supply and demand, it makes sense that the growing scarcity of helium also contributes to its rising cost. Although there may be relief in the coming years, with Qatar and Russia planning to bring new helium plants online, the current trend is that helium costs will continue to skyrocket. The recent sale of the U.S. government helium stockpile has also added pressure to its vulnerable prices.

Presently, the purchase price of helium is the most expensive the world has ever seen, doubling in price from USD$7.57 per cubic meter in 2019 to USD$14 in 2023 (U.S. Geological Survey, 2024). As a result, many research facilities (such as those that use it for NMR spectroscopy) record it as their most significant expense (Nordrum, 2024)10.

An average whole-body MRI system contains 1500-2000 litres of liquid helium and loses 3 to 4 per cent monthly in boil-off (Lopez, 2024)11. In systems with larger magnets that produce higher magnetic fields, this increases. A small to midsize research facility or hospital can already spend an average of US$20,000 annually (Block Imaging, 2023)12 to replenish their helium supplies at current market rates, and this is on the rise.

The Impact of Helium Scarcity and Rising Costs on Medical Imaging

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Across many industries, today’s technologies that rely on helium, including medical imaging and research, are at significant risk should it continue to dwindle. Moreover, given the aforementioned rising costs, the impact is such that we are already seeing researchers and hospitals rationing helium use and limiting the number of research projects.

In 2022, Harvard University laboratories suspended several research projects due to a 50 per cent reduction in helium supply (Herszenhorn, 2022)13. The outcome of this is slowed critical scientific progress and impacted careers, with some students unable to graduate pending the completion of their thesis studies.

Medical imaging and healthcare professionals have collectively expressed concerns that this may even translate to hospitals shutting down life-saving MRI systems. In a 2022 letter to the Bureau of Land Management to raise the alarm, the American Hospital Association spoke on behalf of its millions of members and affiliates. In it, they addressed the issue of access to helium reserves and its impact on their ability to provide vital medical services and care.

In a recent article, Mahadevappa Mahesh, professor of radiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Baltimore, outlined the facility’s plans to add additional MRI scanners to their facility. At the same time, voicing his concerns that the machines won’t be usable if helium runs out.

Mitigation and Solutions: Helium Substitutes and Alternative Technologies

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So far, we’ve painted a fairly bleak picture of a world where helium scarcity and rising costs could slow medical advances, prevent the diagnoses of life-threatening conditions and threaten the environment. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom.

In recent years, the scientific community has embarked on a crusade to mitigate the impact of helium scarcity. There are solutions, and many of them are available right now. Some of these include:

Suitable Alternatives and Substitutes for Helium

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Helium can be substituted with other elements in certain circumstances. Scientists can use hydrogen in scenarios that require lighter-than-air applications and where flammability is not a concern. Deep-sea diving activities can safely use hydrogen, too. Another noble gas, argon, can also be used as a shield gas instead of helium for non-ferrous welding (U.S. Geological Survey, 2024); and every little bit helps.

However, helium’s unique properties mean no other substance can replace it in cryogenic applications, NMR and MRI because of the extreme cooling required for superconducting magnets. Its inert nature and low boil-off temperature can maintain temperatures as low as 4 Kelvin (-269.15°C). Most superconducting magnet systems require operating temperatures below 9 Kelvin; other cryogens, such as liquid nitrogen, cannot match this (Lopez, 2024). 

Is “Helium-Free” the Way Forward for MRI?

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MRI is a critical diagnostic tool for identifying life-threatening conditions such as strokes, tumours and infections, as well as traumatic musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries and fractures. The minimally invasive procedure, which utilises non-ionising radiation, provides high-quality images and contrast resolution detail in tissues not visible in alternatives such as X-rays and Computed Tomography (CT) (Awan, 2022)14.

Radiologists and physicians rely upon MRI so heavily that in 2021 alone, around 680 million MRI scans were performed globally (OECD, 2024)15.  Simply put, other modalities cannot replace MRI, so reducing its impact on the environment and helium reserves is essential.

With carbon footprint top-of-mind and focusing on future-proofing medical imaging advances, we have seen many researchers and manufacturers innovating more sustainable MRI solutions. Technologies that reduce or eliminate the need for helium are on the rise. Companies are prioritising advances like closed-system whole-body MRI scanners with limited or no helium boil-off and reduced energy consumption.

Groundbreaking advancements like “dry” superconducting magnets are key. These do not require liquid helium, thereby conserving the resource and reducing the environmental footprint associated with its use.

Advanced scanners designed for dedicated purposes, including high-field extremity MSK systems and AI-enhanced portable, ultra-low magnetic field machines, are also an area of focus. 

Our third and final article in this series on sustainability in medical device manufacturing will consider the nature of superconducting magnets and weigh up the environmental effects of keeping them functioning optimally for MRI.

We will also unpack Magnetica’s approach to mitigating the ecological consequences of medical imaging. The first step is our prototype 3T compact MRI system. It employs a novel design incorporating innovative features that address environmental challenges while providing an improved experience for patients and professionals.

We invite you to learn more about how Magnetica is embracing sustainability and contributing to a greener future in healthcare.

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References

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Further reading

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ISMRM 2024: Connecting the World of Magnetic Resonance

Length: 9-minute read.

Quick summary: Experience the highlights of Magnetica’s participation at ISMRM 2024 at the SUNTEC Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore. Delve into our encounters with experts like Dr Graeme Bydder, discover this year’s theme, “Connecting the World of Magnetic Resonance”, and learn about industry perspectives on AI and MRI accessibility. This recap takes you behind the scenes with Team Magnetica at ISMRM 2024.


Celebrating Innovation and Community at ISMRM 2024

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As part of our continuing efforts to support commercialising our prototype 3T Compact MR system for MSK extremity imaging, Magnetica exhibited at the ISMRM 2024 Annual Meeting and Exhibition in early May 2024.

The vibrant city of Singapore provided the setting for the conference at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre. This year’s event provided key insights into the future priorities for the MRI industry, with several themes paving the way.

Attendees at ISMRM 2024 are Members of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and/or Members of the International Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists (ISMRT). The conference assembles a multidisciplinary community of clinicians, engineers, biochemists, radiographers, scientists, physicists, radiologists, and technologists from across the globe. Although spanning a broad range of vocations across research, academia and clinical applications, there is one common thread – all attendees are dedicated to advancing MR technologies and patient care.

The ISMRM annual meeting provides a unique opportunity for researchers to showcase their MR advancements and developments. At the same time, vendors gain exposure to researchers and academics whose projects can benefit from their technologies.

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ISMRM 2024 and Accessible MRI

The theme for ISMRM 2024 was “Connecting the World of Magnetic Resonance,” highlighting the worldwide disparity regarding accessibility to MRI services. The key focus? Making MRI technology more accessible and affordable.

Prof. Andrew G. Webb, Ph. D.’s opening plenary, “Accessible MRI: No Surrender,” set a transformative tone for the conference. Noting that over 70% of the world cannot access MRI, Andrew underscored low-field MRI innovation as a critical pathway to democratising it. He emphasised that low-field MRI offers access to services where limitations mean that super-conducting magnets are not always feasible or practical.

Andrew Webb’s theme resonated throughout the event, highlighting the need to remove barriers and inequalities in medical imaging technology, particularly for developing countries and in restrictive clinical situations.

Many ISMRM 2024 attendees had also participated in the MRathon 2024 a few days earlier at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. That hackathon adopted a similar theme to ISMRM 2024; “Make Portable MRI Easy”.  Several invited mentors and speakers attended and presented at both back-to-back events, providing a solid continuation of the conversation. One of these presenters was Andrew. He also took time out of his busy schedule to visit the Magnetica booth and provide our team with additional insight into the topics he addressed in his plenary lecture.

Low-field MRI Takes Centre Stage at ISMRM 2024 in Singapore

Low-field MRI takes centre stage—the Magnetica team with low-field MRI expert Matthew Rosen during ISMRM 2024 in Singapore.

Contrasting recent years, where conversations emphasised high-field MRI technologies, we saw a significant swing in the opposite direction, as discussions about low-field innovations dominated.  We noted that both ends of the spectrum (high-field and low-field) provide solutions to different and unique clinical needs. Rather than the technologies competing head-to-head (no pun intended!), we witnessed how they can complement each other, addressing the complex needs of busy medical and research facilities and enhancing workflows.

The significance of low-field MRI advances became clear when ISMRT Fellow Matthew Rosen, Ph.D., visited the Magnetica booth. As an expert in and proponent of low-field MRI technologies, Matthew generously shared his thoughts with the team following his plenary lecture, “Low-Field & Deep Learning,” the previous day. 

Matthew’s facility, The Rosen Lab at Harvard Medical School, specialises in developing ultra-low magnetic field implementations of MRI focused on brain imaging. Many of their projects utilise the spectrometer components we produce at Tecmag to progress and fortify their research.

Whilst chatting with the Magnetica team, Matthew expressed his delight at the industry’s recognition of the potential of low-field MRI. Matthew triumphantly told us, “We’ve been researching and developing low-field, portable MRI for 25 years, and finally, it is catching on!”

AI and Deep Learning Bolstering MRI Advances

The low-field hype was bolstered by a secondary but no less significant theme across ISMRM 2024 presentations and discussions: the ever-growing focus on AI and deep learning. Implementing deep learning technologies has become the backbone of support for those championing low-field MRI advancements, and nowhere was this demonstrated more than during ISMRM 2024.

The Magnetica booth was alive with discussions about AI and deep learning’s pivotal role in enhancing imaging quality in low-field MR systems. These interactions underscored an important trend: integrating AI is becoming indispensable in advancing MRI technology.

Discussing the Ethics of AI

Of course, no discussion about AI or deep learning is complete without addressing ethical concerns.  ISMRM 2024 also provided a platform for discussing ethics in MR AI research, with several lectures tackling the issue.

The closing plenary session, “Ethical Issues in MR AI Research,” by Dr. Mark Schweitzer, M.D. of Wayne State University, effectively rounded out this conversation.

Throughout his presentation, Dr Schweitzer emphasised the many consequences of ill-considered ethics when using AI in medical imaging. He presented three ethical paradigms and a hierarchy of violations that should always be considered with medical technologies. Dr Schweitzer considered issues such as database biases, data privacy and consent violations, copyright issues, statistical concerns, generative AI and the artificial construction of images, liability, risk management and more.  

These discussions are crucial as they guide AI’s responsible development and implementation in MRI.

Graeme Bydder Book Launch

Peter Penfold (Magnetica) meets with Dr Graeme Bydder & his son to celebrate his book launch at ISMRM 2024 in Singapore.

Throughout ISMRM 2024, we connected with Dr Graeme Bydder, renowned MRI expert and founder of the T2-FLAIR technique. A true pioneer in the field, Graeme, chose the conference to unofficially launch his newly published book, “MRI of Short- and Ultrashort-T2 Tissues: Making the Invisible Visible“.

Graeme’s visits to our booth and generous knowledge-sharing were highlights for the Magnetica team. Drawing on his many decades of study and experience, Graeme provided unique and entertaining perspectives into the industry during his visits. He even offered signed copies of his book for our team and thanked Magnetica for its support in the book’s preface.

The team was grateful for the opportunity to enrich our knowledge and engage with someone who has significantly shaped MRI technology.

ISMRM 2024: A Key Opportunity to Connect and Learn for the Magnetica Team

Magnetica team members Peter Penfold and Tanya Love connect with visitors to the booth during ISMRM 2024.

During ISMRM 2024, Magnetica attracted a diverse and steady stream of visitors, from researchers and students to industry experts, all eager to learn about our latest advancements in compact MRI systems. Our team, Peter Penfold and Tanya Love embraced the opportunity to showcase our technologies and learn from our peers and industry thought leaders.

Amusingly, throughout the conference, we watched as our choice of promotional giveaway item, the Magnetica branded fidget spinner, spun itself right into the hearts of delegates. As the days progressed and word got around, our humble little fidget spinner became a coveted piece of swag amongst conference attendees. Visitors often returned (with their friends!) searching for the prized gadget.

We delighted in witnessing seasoned industry leaders intrigued by the possibilities our fidget spinners offered them and strategising ways to take them home.  We’re not entirely convinced they were all destined to be “souvenirs for the kids”.

Montage of the Magnetica booth and promotional items – model of the prototype 3T MSK Extremity MRI system and fidget spinners.

Reflecting on ISMRM 2024 and Looking Ahead

As we reflect on our successful participation at ISMRM 2024, we are encouraged by the new connections we made and the opportunities that lie ahead. These events are stepping stones for Magnetica as we continue to innovate and prepare our compact MRI system for its commercial launch.

Furthermore, interactions like those we experienced during the event with respected dignitaries such as Graeme Bydder, Andrew Webb and Matthew Rosen remind us of the profound impact of deep, specialised knowledge on the medical industry and the research community.

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Earth Day 2024: Looking Towards Greener Healthcare Technology

Length: 7-minute read.

Quick summary: This is the first in our series of articles examining the environmental impact of medical device manufacturing and the role that companies like Magnetica play in leading the way towards more sustainable medical technology.


Earth Day 2024: Planet vs Plastics

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Last week, the world celebrated its 54th annual Earth Day. Every year since 1970, on April 22nd, Earth Day shines a global spotlight on sustainability and the environmental impact humans have on our planet.  The idea was originally coined in Wisconsin by a small group of activists, and whilst Earth Day may have had humble beginnings, today, it inspires millions of people across the globe to think and act responsibly about environmental conservation.

Every year, the Earth Day organisers identify a theme, highlighting significant areas of concern affecting our planet. For Earth Day 2024, they selected “Planet vs Plastics.” The theme encompasses several pillars, focusing on the effects of plastics on the environment and human health.

Several issues need to be addressed when discussing plastics and our planet. We know that plastic production has devastating repercussions, including:

  • toxic emissions and spills contributing to issues related to global warming
  • pollution of waterways and ecosystems
  • threats to human health as plastics break down into easily inhaled and digested microplastics containing harmful toxins and chemicals
  • over-production of synthetic garments and clothing that inevitably end up in landfills.

As a stand-alone issue, it is widely accepted that plastic pollution has a tragic effect on the wildlife inhabiting ecosystems and waterways. For instance, as of 2018, more than 11.1 billion plastic particles were entangling the corals across 159 Asia-Pacific reefs, increasing alarmingly yearly[1].

We also know that more than 500 billion plastic bags were produced globally last year.[2]

The Medical Industry Embracing Eco-Friendly Technologies

You may wonder what plastic pollution has to do with the medical industry, particularly medical device manufacturing. According to a recent journal article, titled “Health care’s climate footprint: the health sector contribution and opportunities for action”, the healthcare sector accounts for 4.4 per cent of global net greenhouse emissions and toxic air pollutants, with 71 per cent derived from the supply chain and manufacturing. [3] These are alarming figures, with microplastics being one of four main considerations, as summarised below:

  1. The impact emissions and the ingestion of microplastics have on human health.
  2. The threat that climate change poses to our quality of life and the sustainability of our planet.
  3. How the manufacturing and decontamination of medical devices, PPE, consumables, and single-use plastics contribute to pollution.
  4. The rate at which the medical industry consumes non-renewable resources to manufacture, power and operate equipment and devices.

Reflecting on these issues, it becomes clear that the medical industry is a crucial effector and should be pivotal in leading the way towards global sustainability.  Since the industry is at the forefront of innovation and technology, prioritising environmental impact and eco-friendly solutions in our manufacturing processes makes sense. Sustainability is no longer a buzzword; today, it is essential.

Earth Day 2024: It’s Not Just About Plastics

Although this year’s Earth Day theme focused on the detrimental effects of plastics and microplastics, it is important to point out that our planet is threatened by many and varied impacts.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the World Health Organisation recognise this. They release an annual report examining the multitude of issues contributing to climate change and providing recommendations for pathways to global mitigation for policymakers worldwide. In the most recent report, a serious call to action addressed the healthcare sector’s impact on ecology. It identified several opportunities to reduce healthcare’s carbon footprint, including:

  • more efficient infrastructure
  • harnessing renewable fuel and energy sources
  • reducing the use of non-renewable energy sources (for instance, helium) and energy consumption
  • utilising more sustainable supply-chain practices[4].

Sustainable Practices in Medical Imaging

Conceptual image of a superconducting magnet in a lush green, outdoor environment.

A recent journal article mapped out a typical lifecycle of medical devices and equipment, from design and manufacture to disposal, highlighting critical areas and challenges the healthcare sector faces. Overcoming contamination and infection control is complicated, leading to the industry’s prolific use of single-use and consumable items. These are often made of plastic and disposed of in ways that end their lifecycle in landfills – the issue highlighted by this year’s Earth Day theme. The article emphasises the need for ecological considerations at every stage of the manufacturing process, including the end-user[5]

Researchers are increasingly considering sustainability practices in radiology, recognising medical imaging technologies’ contributions to global emissions. One such example is this 2023 article, which attributes four MRI and three CT scanners to consuming 4 per cent of one hospital’s total energy consumption and reveals that a single full-body MRI scanner, averaging 4141 patients annually, expends the same energy as 25.8 four-person households[6].

In addition, most MRI systems consume energy to constantly cool the helium required for their high-powered magnets, even when the system is not being proactively used to image patients. Here, we realise two substantial environmental issues affecting MRI systems:

1. High energy consumption

2. The use of helium, a completely non-renewable resource that is becoming increasingly scarce. In fact, by the end of 2021, the MRI industry represented a 32 per cent share of all helium consumed each year globally [7].

In its report, the IPCC identified an opportunity for the healthcare sector to reduce its environmental impact by addressing these concerns.

Encouragingly, a solution to both issues does exist – in the form of MRI systems that harness cryogen-free superconducting magnet technologies.

Addressing the Environmental Impact of MRI

Advanced dry magnet technology eliminates the need for liquid helium, conserving the precious, non-renewable resource. It also reduces energy consumption  (demonstrated by the Philips BlueSeal magnet in their whole-body systems) and the environmental impact of helium extraction and usage. In doing so, these systems exemplify how technology can be both high-performing and environmentally conscious.

In future articles in this series, we will examine the depth of helium-reliant technologies’ impact on sustainability in medical imaging and MRI and the excessive energy consumption that radiology equipment contributes to. We will consider why incorporating dry (liquid helium-free) superconducting magnets into MRI systems addresses these issues and could improve sustainability in the medical imaging sector.

Liquid helium-free magnet technology is one step toward driving medical equipment manufacturers to meet environmental standards. By embracing such technologies, the healthcare sector can play a pivotal role in mitigating its environmental impact, setting a precedent for other industries, and bringing about the catalyst for change that movements such as Earth Day promote.

Learn more about Magnetica’s 3T MR system that harnesses liquid helium-free technology here.

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References:

  1. Earthday.org. (2022, March 5). Fact Sheet: Plastics in the Ocean. Fact Sheet: Plastics in the Ocean – Earth Day ↩︎
  2. Earthday.org. (2024). Planet vs. Plastics Global Theme for Earth Day 2024. Planet vs. Plastics – Earth Day ↩︎
  3. Karliner, J., Slotterback, S., Boyd, R., Ashby, B., Steele, K., & Wang, J. (2020). Health care’s climate footprint: the health sector contribution and opportunities for action. European Journal of Public HealthVolume 30 (Supplement_5). https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckaa165.843 ↩︎
  4. IPCC. (2023). Summary for Policymakers. In: Climate Change 2023: Synthesis report. Contribution of Working Groups, I, II and III to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (Core Writing Team, H. Lee, & J. Romero, Eds.; pp. 35–115). IPCC, Geneva, Switzerland, pp. 1-34, doi: 10.59327/IPCC/AR6-9789291691647.001. https://doi.org/10.59327/IPCC/AR6-9789291691647 ↩︎
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  6. Mariampillai, J., Rockall, A., Manuellian, C., Cartwright, S., Taylor, S., Deng, M., & Sheard, S. (2023). The green and sustainable radiology department. Die grüne und nachhaltige Radiologieabteilung. Radiologie (Heidelberg, Germany)63(Suppl 2), 21–26. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00117-023-01189-6 ↩︎
  7. Statisitca.com. (2023, October 30). Distribution of helium consumption worldwide as of 2021, by end use. Helium consumption distribution worldwide by end use 2021 | Statista ↩︎

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Achieving Excellence in Information Security: Journey to ISO 27001 Certification

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Length: 4-minute read.

Quick summary: ISO 27001 is more than a standard; it’s a key enabler to achieving information security in today’s digital ecosystem. This is important in every industry, including healthcare. Find out why this certification is so powerful in enterprise-wide and medical device lifecycle-specific applications, from protecting patient data, through reducing information security risks, to ensuring trust.


ISO 27001: a significant step forward for Magnetica

ISO 27001 is a significant step forward for Magnetica. This is a laptop in a high-tech environment with a padlock on the screen. It is in magenta and blue.

Today, data security is essential for all organisations, particularly those specialising in technical and medical innovation. In an age where data is more accessible than ever, companies are responsible for keeping their client’s information safe for moral and legal reasons. Securing sensitive and personally identifiable information (PII) is paramount; companies must look carefully at their systems and approach to risk management. When data collection and storage are necessary in the context of medical and health records, these concerns are amplified with additional ethical considerations and implications.


For these reasons, Magnetica recently embarked on a rigorous pathway to achieve ISO 27001 certification for our Australian facility, with plans to roll out to our UK and US locations. This standard is a benchmark for information and data security and represents our firm commitment to customer and patient privacy across our organisation and products.


We are delighted to report that we successfully achieved ISO 27001 certification. This accreditation proves that our information security management system (ISMS) has met all the required conditions for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continual improvement. Alongside our other certifications (such as ISO 13485 and EN ISO 13485 Quality Management for Medical Devices) ISO 27001 provides a stable and robust foundation for Magnetica’s management systems.


This is a significant milestone in our strategy to commercialise our prototype 3T MSK Extremity MRI System. It reinforces our dedication to providing the highest-quality security in our medical imaging technologies. Further, ISO 27001 certification helps ensure compliance with some critical elements required by various medical device regulators in the markets we seek to enter over time.

What is ISO 27001 – Information Security Management System?

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ISO 27001 is a globally recognised standard that outlines the best practices for an information security management system. It helps organisations manage the security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details, and information entrusted by third parties. For us, it also means safeguarding sensitive medical data and ensuring the reliability and safe handling of the information.

Why is ISO 27001 so important for medical device manufacturers?

In medical device manufacturing, including MRI systems and sub-systems, the integrity and security of medical data are instrumental to safety and diagnostic outcomes. Our clients entrust us with sensitive information that requires the highest level of confidentiality and security. Here’s why data security and certifications such as ISO 27001 are critical:

1. Proven Data Security: ISO 27001 certification ensures that our systems are robust to protect data against unauthorised access and potential security threats. It covers both digital and physical security, providing comprehensive protection.

2. Increased Reliability and Trust: ISO 27001 enhances our reputation as a trustworthy partner. Hospitals, clinics, and healthcare providers who use our MRI systems and subsystem components can trust that the integrity and confidentiality of their patient data are maintained, making their operations smoother and safer.

3. Compliance and Regulatory Requirements: The healthcare industry is heavily regulated by necessity. Achieving a globally recognised certification such as ISO 27001 helps us comply with numerous legal, statutory, regulatory, and contractual requirements. It also ensures we are well-positioned for any new regulations that might arise in the future.

4. Improved Risk Management: By identifying, assessing, and addressing information security risks, we can provide a safer and more reliable product. This proactive risk management also helps reduce the costs associated with information security breaches.

5. Global Acceptance: ISO 27001 is recognised worldwide. This certification opens doors to global markets and demonstrates our commitment to industry best practices, regardless of our clients’ location.

Magnetica’s Commitment to Continuous Improvement

We are proud to say that achieving ISO 27001 certification is one of many key milestones in our ongoing commitment to excellence. We will continue to evaluate and refine our ISMS to ensure that it meets the dynamic challenges and evolving threats in information security while striving for future accreditations.

We understand the critical role that MRI technologies play in the healthcare sector. This certification helps assure our clients that every system we manufacture meets the highest international imaging and information security standards.

ISO 27001: Team Contributions

The complex and often challenging requirements for ISO 27001 accreditation and its ongoing maintenance require a truly “all hands on deck” approach from many departments across the Magnetica team. Our team’s collaborative efforts ensured that we met all requirements within the given timeframes, and we look forward to continuing to serve our clients with the highest standards of security and excellence.

If you would like to learn more about the scope of our ISO 27001 accreditation, visit our certifications page to view and download our certificates.

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ENC Conference 2024: Tecmag Celebrates Over 40 Years as an Exhibitor. MAG mugs on the beach at Asilomar.

ENC Conference 2024: Tecmag Celebrates Over 40 Years as an Exhibitor

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Quick summary: Join us in revisiting the ENC Conference 2024, where Tecmag, Inc. marked its 41st appearance showcasing our NMR, NQR and MRI technologies and spectrometers at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.


ENC Conference 2024: 41 Years and Counting

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In early April, Magnetica subsidiary Tecmag participated in an event we have supported for decades, and like previous years, it was a resounding success.

This year, our attendance at the 65th Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference (ENC Conference), marked our 41st year of continuous involvement and exhibition at the congress, a testament to our long-standing commitment to contributing to the NMR and MRI scientific communities.

Hosted from April 7th to April 11th, ENC 2024 was again at the scenic Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, providing a visually stunning backdrop and all the benefits of the Californian climate for delegates to enjoy.

Following Tradition: Four Decades of Continuous Tecmag Representation at ENC Conferences

Scott Riley and Earl Emery from Tecmag in the Curlew Suite at ENC Conference 2024.

Our journey at the ENC Conference spans over four decades, reflecting our dedication to and evolution within the magnetic resonance industry. This year, as in many before, the ENC Conference provided a perfect opportunity to connect with the scientific community and showcase our spectrometer technology, reinforcing our role as industry leaders.

Asilomar Conference Grounds Provides a Unique Experience for Conference Attendees

As mentioned, for the second year running, Asilomar Conference Grounds was selected as the venue for the ENC Conference. The region, known for its stunning coastal landscapes and beautiful natural environment, provided a unique backdrop and experience for delegates seasoned to expect a standard exhibition format for these kinds of events. The beachside setting fosters relaxed but engaging discussions and offers a tranquil retreat where ideas and innovations flourish.

Unlike other similar events, the layout for the ENC Conference spans many different free-standing buildings and “suites,” inviting delegates to visit vendors one by one and enjoy their hospitality in a completely different construct.

For Tecmag, our participation included hosting our visitors in the welcoming “Curlew” hospitality suite. Each evening, after the day’s sessions concluded, attendees were treated to an open fire, pizza, drinks and even a salad bar to recharge and share lively discussions. The atmosphere created was one of collaboration and camaraderie, the perfect setting to build professional relationships and exchange ideas.

Montage of three images: Curlew Suite sign, ENC Conference directions sign and the Tecmag booth complete and awaiting visitors at the Asilomar Conference Grounds.
Montage of three images: Pizza by the open fire, visitors to the Tecmag Curlew suite at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, salad bar provided for guests.

The Tecmag MAG mug

Tecmag MAG mugs on the beach at Asilomar Conference Grounds.

One of our highlights each year is the custom promotional items we design for our visitors to enjoy, exclusively available at the ENC Conference. For 2024, we created the “MAG Mug”. The vibrant blue and white ceramic mugs, combined with last year’s 40th-anniversary cups, became instant favourites. Along with our Tecmag USB thumb drives, our supporters left our suite laden with goodies, making our booth a popular spot for visitors.

The MAG Mugs also provided a fun narrative for our social media as they “visited” different locations across the grounds, mapping out the experience for those unable to attend.  Check out how the fun went down on the Tecmag Instagram account.

Montage of three images: Tecmag MAG mug “visiting” the chapel, Doty Scientific and Tomco exhibitor displays during ENC Conference 2024.

ENC Conference Program Highlights

The conference’s success can be attributed to the exemplary leadership of co-chairs Matthew Rosen of Massachusetts General Hospital / Martinos Center and Malgorzata Marjanska from the University of Minnesota. Their efforts ensured a diverse and enriching program that covered a wide array of topics, from small molecule NMR and solid-state NMR to the latest advances in MRI and artificial intelligence applications in magnetic resonance. The wealth of insightful presentations also featured biomolecular NMR, DNP, and other hyperpolarisation techniques, as well as NQR and earth’s field NMR.

The Tecmag brand received great recognition and support during poster and oral presentations, highlighting the impact of our technology on current research projects and underscoring the reputation of trust and reliability that we have earned over the years.  With distinguished customers and institutions such as Massachusetts General Hospital, Wayne State University, North Carolina State University, UC Davis, Los Alamos National Lab, Tel Aviv University, George Mason University, University of California Berkeley, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Max Plank Institute, NIST, ABQMR, and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory all endorsing our products and mentioning Tecmag by name we are encouraged to continue building and refining our market offerings.

Tecmag MAG Mug “attending” the presentation of Professor Warren Warren at ENC Conference 2024.

Looking forward…

We are grateful to every participant who stopped by our booth and engaged with our team during the ENC Conference 2024. These interactions are invaluable as we strive to learn the future possibilities of magnetic resonance technology. We look forward to continuing to serve the scientific community and eagerly anticipate the opportunities for growth and learning at future conferences.

The annual ENC Conference is a great forum for scientific exchange, and Tecmag’s long history with the event is a testament to its commitment to advancing NMR and MRI technology. As we reflect on the event, we are inspired and excited about the future.

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SSR 2024: Exploring Innovation and Partnerships

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Length: 4-minute read.

Quick summary: The Magnetica team attended SSR 2024 conference in Puerto Rico in early March. There, we had opportunities to foster collaborations, receive expert feedback, and gain further insight into the reception of Magnetica’s technology in the musculoskeletal radiology community. This article invites you to relive our experience at SSR 2024.


Society of Skeletal Radiology 47th Annual Meeting, Puerto Rico.

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In early March 2024, the picturesque setting of Caribe Hilton San Juan, Puerto Rico, served as a vibrant backdrop for the Society of Skeletal Radiology (SSR) 47th Annual Meeting. Team Magnetica exhibited and attended the SSR for the second year running, and the level of engagement from delegates cemented it as a pivotal event for our company.

SSR is an organisation whose members are board-certified in radiology and highly engaged in the industry across the US and Canada. Their professional practice must primarily focus on musculoskeletal radiology, making this an important audience for Magnetica to connect with and showcase our products.

The SSR 2024 program revolved around the conference and AGM, which took place from March 2nd to 6th and the exhibition from the 3rd to the 5th. Our team at Magnetica was among almost 600 attendees, a mix of in-person and virtual participants eager to delve into the latest advancements in musculoskeletal radiology. We were privileged to showcase our company alongside other industry players such as Canon Medical, BD, Samsung Healthcare, AIRS Medical, Philips Healthcare, IZI Medical, and Gleamer.

Image montage from SSR 2024. Sponsors logos including Canon, Philips, BD, Gleamer, Samsung, AIRS Medical and IZI Medical.

Magnetica Embraced by the MSK Community

4.	Magnetica Embraced by the MSK Community – Magnetica team and Jeff Scharff from Televere Systems at the booth at SSR 2024.

Our booth, strategically located adjacent to the San Cristobal Ballroom, became a focal point for many attendees. Throughout the event, we connected with a large portion of the in-person delegation, conversing with many people we hadn’t met before and familiar faces alike.

Again, the enthusiasm for the MSK MRI system we are developing was very positive. This favourable response and sense of eager anticipation from those in our network reinforce our commitment to securing FDA 510(k) approval and delivering high-quality imaging solutions.

SSR 2024 Provides Valuable Opportunities and Insights into the MSK Industry

Antonio Augello from Magnetica gathers insights into the industry as he speaks with visitors at the company’s booth at SSR 2024.

The conference agenda was packed with opportunities for learning and networking. Breaks and the lunch period provided prime times for people to visit the Magnetica booth, resulting in valuable discussions and opportunities to learn about our prototype product.

Our team had several one-on-one discussions with key industry opinion leaders, fortifying our knowledge of the community and understanding of its pain points. We even managed to squeeze some time into our schedule to attend the industry breakfast sponsored by Canon, plus other deep-dive presentations by notable presenters such as Dr Jan Fritz (NYU Langone Health Associate Professor and MSK Division Chief). Presentations like these provide invaluable insights into research, clinical trials, and system design to help us refine our prototype product’s feature set to meet the nuanced needs of the radiology community.

Televere Systems Complete the Magnetica Team at SSR 2024

The Magnetica and Televere Systems team at SSR 2024.

SSR 2024 was a testament to the vibrant community of MSK radiologists dedicated to incorporating new technology into their practice. Joining us on our booth was Jeff Scharff, Senior vice president of imaging at Televere Systems. Televere was recently appointed our US distributor and their presence on our booth at SSR 2024 showcased our partnership, with their expertise complementing our own advancements.

As we reflect on the success of SSR 2024, we look forward to an even bigger and better SSR 2025, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with anticipation. This event has solidified its status as a must-attend for organisations like ours, who are at the forefront of merging technological advancements with medical practice.

Moving forward, the insights garnered from this event will fuel our efforts to bring our long-awaited 3T MSK extremity MRI system to market.

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Magnetica in the community: Supporting the Clanfield 85 Football Club Under-14s

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Length: 2-minute read.

Quick summary: Magnetica has invested in the Clanfield 85 Football Club Under-14s team to show our commitment to fostering community and to encourage and celebrate healthy habits in our teens.


Magnetica is encouraging health and community through local sporting sponsorship

Magnetica is encouraging health and community through local sporting sponsorship – image of Clanfield 85 Football Club Under-14s jersey with Magnetica logo.

In the heart of West Oxfordshire lies the historic village of Clanfield, where tradition and community pride is no better represented than through the local football team.

Founded in 1890, Clanfield 85 FC is not your average football club; it’s enduring 134 year history in a small village of less than 1,000 has made the club one of the cornerstones of Clanfield’s identity.

Recently, Magnetica was approached to offer support to the club, by sponsoring the Under-14 team’s strip.

Clanfield 85 Football Club Under-14s dressed to impress

Team photo of Clanfield 85 Football Club Under-14s dressed to impress in their new Magnetica sponsored uniforms.

The decision to support Clanfield 85 FC aligns with Magnetica’s core values of innovation, community, and well-being, and we were excited to be involved! This collaboration extends beyond the football pitch, exemplifying Magnetica’s dedication to local events and initiatives. As a global company, it is essential that we don’t lose sight of the foundation of community – our youth.

By investing in the under-14 team’s new strip, Magnetica aims to encourage young athletes to participate in healthy activities and to strive for their goals both on and off the field.

As you can see, the team are looking resplendent in their new kit, proudly displaying the Magnetica logo front and centre. In fact, we are sure you will agree that they look MAGnificent!

Magnetica is grateful for the opportunity to support the Clanfield 85 FC under-14s team and we look forward to following their progress throughout the season and beyond.

Watch this space for updates – a premiership announcement, perhaps?

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Magnetica Investor Presentation – February 2024

It has been a busy and productive year of progress and growth for Magnetica, as we head towards the final stages of commercialisation of our 3T compact MRI system for dedicated MSK extremity imaging.

Please enjoy the most recent presentation we have prepared for our investors. A PDF download of this document is also available on our Investor Downloads page.