LONDON, Dec. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - UK-based MR Solutions has announced two
major breakthroughs that will make its groundbreaking new bench-top 3
Tesla* MRI scanners the perfect fit, both in terms of cost and space,
for pre-clinical research laboratories.
The company, a world leader in the development and manufacture of MRI
systems and spectrometers, has developed the high-performance scanner
using super-conducting magnets which eliminate the need for liquid
helium cooling. It has also cut the scanner's stray magnetic field so
that other laboratory equipment can be safely operated within
centimetres of the unit.
"These breakthroughs have two significant benefits," says MR Solutions
Chief Executive Dr David Taylor. "Firstly, the cost is dramatically
reduced by doing away with the liquid helium cooling and attendant
safety devices. Secondly, the space required for the system is only the
size of a desk."
MR Solutions, based in Guildford in the south east of England, is
already a major player in the rapidly growing Chinese market and is
gaining increasing recognition in Europe and the US for its
state-of-the-art technologies and the excellence of its scanners'
superior soft tissue contrast and molecular imaging ability.
"We are sure that our new bench-top MRIs will be welcomed with open arms
by labs which are always constrained by budgets and lack of space,"
adds Dr Taylor.
MR Solutions was able to dispense with the usual liquid helium cooling
system in their new bench top system by using a revolutionary magnet
design incorporating new superconducting wire. This enables the use of
a standard low temperature fridge to cool the magnet to the required 4
degrees Kelvin (minus 269 degrees C). This technology solution was
pioneered by MR Solutions and its' magnet partner.
MR Solutions has 25 years of experience in developing scanners for
research and academia. It also develops MRI systems and sub systems to
individual customer specifications.
The company which is based at Guilford in the UK has offices in the US
and Hong Kong. It has a workforce of more than twenty people, many of
whom are physicists, programmers and engineers and works closely with
universities involved in preclinical research in Europe, Asia and the
* Tesla is the SI unit measure for the magnetic field generated
SOURCE: MR Solutions
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