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Philips Signs Research Agreement to Explore New Magnet Technologies

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, has entered into a research partnership with U.S. magnet solutions provider MagCorp to explore superconducting magnets for MR scanners that do not require cooling to ultra-low temperatures (-452 °F or -269 °C) using liquid helium. Developing more sustainable alternatives to helium-cooled MRI magnets at a lower cost has the potential to offer significant benefits by making advanced MR imaging available to more patients in more diverse settings as well as potentially reducing radiology department capital and operating costs.

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Operating at higher temperatures closer to ambient room temperature and eliminating liquid helium from both the production and operation of MRI scanners provides two major advantages. First, it decreases energy consumption required to sustain operation and reduces dependence on a finite and increasingly scarce natural resource, produced largely as a by-product of fossil-fuel (natural gas) extraction. Conventional MRI scanners often vent helium, which once released into the atmosphere escapes into outer space never to be seen again. Second, and just as important, it has the potential to reduce the size, weight and costs of MRI scanners. As a result, MRI’s superior diagnostic and functional imaging capabilities – notably its excellent soft-tissue imaging and absence of ionizing X-ray radiation – could be enjoyed by a larger number of patients, expanding access into underserved communities. The partnership between Philips and MagCorp is being launched to help realize these two major advantages.

“Florida State University’s MagLab, part of the U.S. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, is home to many of the world’s leading researchers on novel superconducting materials that don’t require liquid helium temperatures to operate. Philips has decades of MR scanner design and development experience, including most recently the launch of the BlueSeal magnet technology,” said Josh Hilderbrand, Director, Head of MRI Magnet Research and Development at Philips. “Combining these resources with MagCorp’s research facilitation services will help leverage the latest technology to accelerate access and availability of MRI to more patients and healthcare providers.”

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Philips Signs Research Agreement to Explore New Magnet Technologies Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, has entered into a research partnership with U.S. magnet solutions provider MagCorp to explore superconducting magnets for MR scanners that do not require cooling to …

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