King’s College London accelerates research with low helium MRI system

King’s College London is working to make MRI technology more accessible in community settings, through virtually helium-free MRI research with the first Magnetom Free.Max in the UK. The reduced-helium MRI system from Siemens Healthineers allows the King’s team to evaluate this type of MRI for use outside a traditional hospital setting while using a lower field strength, expanding the scope of research into cardiac, respiratory and fetal brain development imaging that was previously not possible.

“The Magnetom Free.Max is a welcome addition to King’s College London as we seek to evaluate how this kind of MRI might perform outside a hospital setting and expand the scope of our imaging research with a lower field strength,” said director of clinical and research imaging operations Dr Sharon Giles at the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences. “Community diagnostic centres are the setting we are trying to simulate here with the Magnetom Free.Max. While the system is currently used in a hospital setting, its less demanding infrastructure requirements mean it could be implemented into community settings, increasing MRI accessibility for patients.”

Picture: With King’s College London director of clinical and research imaging operations Dr Sharon Giles (second left) and advanced MRI radiographer Pip Bridgen (fourth left) are Siemens Healthineers GB&I MR application specialist Chris Kasap, diagnostic imaging business lead Matt Gibson and regional sales manager Mitch Harrold.

See the full report on page 2 of the September 2022 issue of RAD Magazine.

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