Magnets and helium: partners in superconductivity

Magnets and helium: partners in superconductivity

by Gus Iversen, Editor in Chief | November 28, 2014
From the October 2014 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine


Yet, with remote monitoring, issues can be detected long before they become critical. Regarding the benefits of OEM monitoring over independent service monitoring, Schuetz points to the proprietary nature of the system. “[Independent servicers] have limited access to the software and data. We have the experts who know exactly what to look for because we manufactured the magnets.”

When asked the same question, Schultz, on behalf of Cool Pair Plus, says he believes their costs are lower than the OEMS and also cites 24/7 phone support and same day or expedited service availability. Schultz also says Cool Pair Plus uses a state of the art magnet monitoring system called daVinci, which continuously monitors key operating parameters and functions of the MR system.

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Remote monitoring was also discussed in the Cost Containment Corner of our August issue, where we interviewed Ed Sloan, an expert on the topic: www.dotmed.com/news/story/23904

When asked what the helium situation will look like ten years from now, Marshall says, “The BLM will only be around for a fraction of those years. As BLM subsidization goes away, the price is likely to increase.” Marshall expects some industries to move out of helium while others will find ways to be more efficient with it.

GE is working on a low cryogen magnet which would require 10 liters of helium to cool the magnet, instead of 3,000 to 5,000 liters. “This will revolutionize magnet technology,” says Hausmann. Although still in the developmental stages, the system would be completely enclosed and not require the installation of a quench vent.

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