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Low-Helium Technology to Increase Worldwide Access to MRI Systems

The recent discovery of helium deposits in Tanzania's Rift Valley was welcome news in the healthcare community because helium, a critical component in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems, had "gone through two potential shortage crises, impacting hospitals and patients around the globe."At #RSNA16, GE Healthcare proudly unveiled Freelium, a magnet technology designed to use one percent of liquid helium compared to conventional MRI magnets. Find out more. More about GE in Africa in this BRIEFING

Scientists from Durham and Oxford universities announced last month that vast resources of the rare Helium gas had been discovered in Tanzania's Great Rift Valley. The discovery, described as game-changer, is set to end concerns over a shortage of gas used in medical diagnosis equipment, mainly MRI and in rocket science. Some independent analysts say the recently discovered helium gas in Lake Rukwa could be worth $3.5 billion.


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