News centre | United Kingdom

Jun 12, 2024

Philips mobilises sustainable BlueSeal Technology with debut of UK’s first virtually helium-free MRI at UK Imaging and Oncology congress 2024 

Mobile MRI truck amongst highlights of Philips’ latest patient-centric sustainable and precise radiology solutions showcased at UKIO 2024 

Farnborough, United KingdomRoyal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, has showcased the first mobile virtually helium-free MRI system, marking a significant step as innovator to improving patient access to diagnostic technology whilst caring for the environment. 

The Philips system, housed in a mobile truck [i] provided by Lamboo Medical, showcased in the UK for the first time (*the combination of Philips’ BlueSeal technology within a mobile truck is awaiting CE marking in the UK), comprises a Philips MR 5300 scanner equipped with a revolutionary Philips BlueSeal magnet, the global industry's first 1.5T fully sealed magnet, which requires only 0.5% of the helium of a conventional Philips MR system. This significantly reduces consumption of helium, which globally is in scarce supply. More than 1.9 million litres of helium have been saved by MR systems equipped with Philips’ BlueSeal magnet technology since 2018 [ii].

Equipping a mobile truck with an MR 5300 scanner and BlueSeal magnet offers healthcare providers the potential to achieve greater efficiencies when undertaking patient scans by making them more easily available for patients in the community rather than at hospital sites, improving clinical workflow and reducing health costs in the face of staff shortages.

“Sustainable healthcare means the world to us, and Philips are proud to be continuing to lead in sustainable healthcare with the unveiling in the UK our mobile BlueSeal magnet technology. In the UK, the health service contributes around 4-5% of total UK carbon emissions[i] and in Ireland an estimated 4.4% of national greenhouse gas emissions [ii].

“Our virtually helium-free technology supports our health workforce to care for their patients, bringing diagnostic capabilities closer to home whilst reducing hospitals’ dependency on natural resources and energy consumption.”

Mark Leftwich

Managing Director at Philips UK and Ireland

Mobilising our BlueSeal technology is a significant development for imaging in the UK that will pave the way for the best-in-class diagnosis, assessment and treatment, while supporting our health providers to lower their running costs (due to the lighter weight of the system and reduced helium) and progress on net zero goals”

Ruud Zwerink

MR Business Leader at Philips UK and Ireland

Enabling sustainable healthcare is critical for the future and so it’s with pride that Lamboo Medical is a partner today in promoting the new mobile BlueSeal system from Philips.”

Joost Lamboo

CEO at Lamboo Medical

Currently there are almost 100 NHS and healthcare provider sites in the UK with a Philips BlueSeal 1.5T magnet, out of more than 1,100 sites worldwide. Introduced in 2018, Philips’ BlueSeal technology is expanding the reach globally of MRI to places where it was previously too difficult to install and maintain, including remote and isolated locations.

Its magnet is 900kg lighter than a traditional system [iii] and doesn’t require a quench pipe – needed for traditional MR systems to safely expel large volumes of helium out of a building quickly in case of an emergency.

Driving sustainable healthcare through its operations, Philips is committed to improving people's health and healthcare outcomes, as well as making care more accessible, inclusive and connected. It recently launched a global sustainability campaign “Care means the world”, based on the premise that continuing to care for patients in the best way possible, means the planet needs to be taken care of with the same attention and urgency, now and in the long term. Read more information here.


[i] The combination of Philips’ BlueSeal technology within a mobile truck is awaiting CE marking in the UK

[ii] The amount of liquid helium saved is calculated compared to a classic magnet with 1,500 liters of helium.

[iii] Compared to Philips earlier (non-BlueSeal) Ingenia 1.5T ZBO magnet.

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and well-being through meaningful innovation. Philips’ patient- and people-centric innovation leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver personal health solutions for consumers and professional health solutions for healthcare providers and their patients in the hospital and the home.Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, ultrasound, image-guided therapy, monitoring and enterprise informatics, as well as in personal health. Philips generated 2023 sales of EUR 18.2 billion and employs approximately 69,700 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at

Click here to read moreClick here to read less



Dominique Monaghan

Dominique Monaghan
UKI Communications and PR Manager

You are about to visit a Philips global content page


Media assets

Philips celebrates debut of the new mobile MR truck with BlueSeal Technology. 

The outside of the mobile MR truck

Inside Philips’ new mobile MR truck with BlueSeal Technology

Philips and Lamboo Medical outside the new mobile MR truck.

Share on social media

You are about to visit a Philips global content page


Our site can best be viewed with the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Firefox.