BlueSeal MR Mobile : Royal Philips unveils helium-free mobile MRI system at RSNA23


At the Radiology Conference & Annual Meeting 2023 (RSNA23), Royal Philips, a leader in health technology, unveiled the world’s first mobile MRI system operating without helium, known as the BlueSeal MR Mobile. This pioneering 1.5T fully sealed magnet system represents a significant leap in MRI technology, offering unparalleled agility and ease of location placement to enhance patient accessibility.

Agile and Convenient Mobile MRI

Distinguished from traditional mobile MRI scanners, the BlueSeal MR Mobile is lighter and more agile, enabling placement in more patient-convenient locations, such as near hospital entrances. Currently available only in the U.S. market, the product awaits CE marking and is not for sale in Europe.

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Debuting at RSNA23

The first BlueSeal MR Mobile unit, developed for Akumin, an outpatient radiology and oncology solutions provider, is set to debut at the RSNA23 show floor. With over 600 systems installed globally, Philips’ MRI scanners equipped with BlueSeal magnet technology have already conserved over 1.5 million liters of helium since 2018.

Philips Launches World's First Mobile MRI with BlueSeal Technology

Philips Launches World’s First Mobile MRI with BlueSeal Technology. Photo courtesy of Koninklijke Philips N.V.

Expanding Access and Sustainability

This advancement in mobile MRI technology underscores Philips’ commitment to expanding quality MRI access in a more sustainable manner. Ruud Zwerink, General Manager Magnetic Resonance at Philips, emphasized the importance of mobile MRI scanners in addressing resource constraints and increasing patient volumes, particularly in remote and rural communities.

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Helium-Free and Cost-Effective Operations

The BlueSeal magnet technology requires a mere 7 liters of liquid helium, compared to the traditional 1,500 liters, offering significant operational and cost advantages. The BlueSeal MR Mobile also integrates with Philips Radiology Operations Command Center (ROCC), enhancing connectivity and support for imaging professionals.

Philips’ introduction of the BlueSeal MR Mobile at RSNA23 marks a transformative moment in MRI technology, promoting patient-friendly care and addressing sustainability challenges in healthcare.

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