BlueSeal MR

BlueSeal magnet
The new reality in helium-free MR operations

 

Sustainable and uninterrupted MR operations is our future-proof promise with a fully sealed BlueSeal magnet. Build your MR services on peace of mind and productivity.

Looking for peace of mind in your MR operations
BlueSeal offers the reliable way forward


MRI provides exceptional clinical capabilities, but the helium design of classic MRI scanners can place large financial and operational demands on your facility. Philips has developed the BlueSeal sealed magnet to transition your department to more productive, helium-free MR operations.1 This revolutionary fully sealed magnet contains less than 0.5% of helium, compared to conventional MR magnets. That allows you to simplify installation and siting, count on reliable performance and free up your mind from potential helium complications.
Philips BlueSeal magnet technology

Discover the myths and facts
about helium-free MR operations

Myth #1


It’s impossible for an MR system to run for 24 hours a day on just 7 liters of helium.

Myth #1 around helium-free MR operations - discover the facts

Myth #2


Helium is an infinite resource that we can produce ourselves.

Myth #2 around helium-free MR operations - discover the facts

Myth #3


An MRI system with helium-free MR technology does not have sufficient power to produce excellent image quality.

Myth #3 around helium-free MR operations - discover the facts

Experience the benefits of sustainable and
more productive helium-free MR operations2


With the BlueSeal magnet, Philips aims to deliver sustainable and more productive MR operations to MR facilities. Our goal? To take away your worries about potential helium-related issues of classic magnet design, to support uninterrupted MR services and to eliminate your dependency on scarce helium supply.
Forget about helium
Forget about helium
Easy siting, lower costs
Easy siting, lower costs
Towards uninterrupted MR operations
Towards uninterrupted MR operations

Forget about helium

Highly efficient micro-cooling technology
Philips BlueSeal uses a new, highly efficient micro-cooling technology which requires just 7 liters of liquid helium for cooling, instead of the 1,500 liters that conventional magnets use. This tiny amount of liquid helium is placed in the magnet and fully sealed during manufacturing, enclosing the precious gas for the rest of its life. No liquid helium can escape.1 This reduces potential long interruptions to MR services due to helium issues and eliminates helium refill costs during the magnet’s lifetime.

“We won’t have any problems of refilling during the machine’s lifetime and we can forget about the helium. This will save us money and help us be more environmentally friendly”

 

Dr. Marίa del Mar Travieso, Head of Radiology Department, Hospitales San Roque, Spain

Easy siting, lower costs

Siting with classic magnet

Siting with classic magnet
 

On a classic magnet, long vent pipes must be installed to meet safety requirements and direct helium to an outside vent in case of a magnet quench. Because no liquid helium can escape1, the Philips BlueSeal magnet does not need a vent pipe, significantly reducing construction costs of new installations.

Siting with BlueSeal magnet
Siting with BlueSeal magnet

With a minimum siting requirement of 3,700 kg, the BlueSeal system is around 900 kg lighter than its predecessor.2 This can potentially facilitate easier siting, reduce floor adaptations and further lower construction costs.

Towards uninterrupted MR operations


Philips BlueSeal qualifies as the first magnet driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support a set of unique service functionalities called EasySwitch. The BlueSeal’s magnetic field can for instance be turned off from the console if an item becomes stuck in the bore. Once the problem is resolved, a hospital or a Philips engineer4 can re-energize the magnet and bring it back to field, minimizing operational downtime.

“In the event of a major disaster like an earthquake we can get these machines up and running again relatively quickly making them excellent from the perspective of hospital risk management too.”

 

Prof. Hashimoto, Tokai University Hospital, Japan

Towards uninterrupted MR operations

Frequently asked questions about BlueSeal

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Learn all about the BlueSeal magnet

Helium-free MR operations is a hot topic among MR experts. Find out more about how the BlueSeal technology works and read the latest views from the experts in the field.
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Customer story

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Even in the rare case of the magnet becoming unsealed, the negligible amount of helium escaping would not materially affect the oxygen level within the room.

2 Compared to the Ingenia 1.5T ZBO magnet.

3 In isotropic 3D MSK VIEW scans, compared to Philips scans without Compressed SENSE.

4 Requires appropriate service contract.

5 Typically 1 or 2 working days. Subject to service contract and site conditions. BlueSeal can be brought off field and back to operations in less than 16 hours, including automatic ramp-down, cool-down time, ramp-up time, shim check, calibrations, verifications (based on internal testing). The magnet may need shimming after a controlled ramp-down.