XGY: Cost-effective cryogen-free superconducting magnets help county hospitals upgrade
July 18-21, 2019, China medical equipment conference and 2019 medical equipment exhibition was held in Suzhou International expo center.
With the theme of "gathering wisdom and safety application industry innovation, seeking the future development of medical equipment", the conference focused on the development and construction of county-level hospitals, attracting more than 33,000 leaders of relevant departments, well-known experts and scholars at home and abroad, entrepreneurs of related industries and other professionals to attend the conference. As a leading enterprise in the field of medical magnetic resonance imaging system, XinGaoYi medical participated in the exhibition with the world's first 1.5T full-body body cryogen-free superconducting magnet, help county hospital to upgrade with cost-effective high-tech medical equipment.
In medicine, MRI equipment has the characteristics of high security, fast and accurate imaging, which is widely used in medical human body imaging. The magnetic resonance imaging equipment equipped with superconducting magnets not only has the advantages of faster imaging speed and higher image quality, but also has the advantages of full-body imaging and low scanning noise, which is the best choice among the MRI equipment.
However, superconducting magnets can only work at extremely low temperatures close to -269℃, so most of the superconducting magnets used in imaging need to operate in a liquid helium environment. But China has only 0.2 percent of the world's helium, compared with more than 50 per cent for US, which supplies more than 80 percent of the world's liquid helium. Since 2007, United States has restricted the production of helium as a strategic resource, resulting in a continuous surge in the global price of liquid helium. Therefore, the production cost of superconducting magnets for imaging is very high. In most cases, only grade-A tertiary hospital
or private hospitals with relatively sufficient funds have the purchasing capacity.
According to Ningbo Gaosi Superconducting Technology co., LTD. (STC), vice President MoLei's introduction, the diameter of their 1.5 T whole-body cryogen-free superconducting magnet is 850 mm. The breakthroughs of cryogen-free switch, cryogen-free joint and cryogen-free current lead from STC make superconducting magnets without liquid helium.
Because of getting rid of the dependence on liquid helium, the overall production cost of superconducting magnets for imaging is greatly reduced. The need for emergency quench piping also greatly reduces the installation and maintenance costs of the hospital. "This will significantly reduce the cost of purchasing superconducting magnets for imaging, allowing hospitals, especially county-level hospitals, to buy high-performance equipment at a reasonable price." MoLei said.
County hospital capacity building has always been one of the core tasks of national medical reform, and XinGaoYi has always regarded the majority of county hospitals as a part of the core market. "XinGaoYi has been paying great attention to developing products suitable for county-level hospitals. "We hope to enable county hospitals to buy better and more affordable MRI systems that will provide hardware support for their upcoming upgrades to grade A hospitals."
It is reported that XinGaoYi Medical Equipment co., ltd. is a national high-tech enterprise, and has maintained industry-academic cooperation with the university of Nottingham, zhejiang university and other universities in the UK. We are committed to promoting technological upgrading with academic upgrading and developing high-tech medical magnetic resonance imaging system. At present, XinGaoYi has developed two series of more than 10 products, permanent magnet open magnetic resonance imaging and superconducting magnetic resonance imaging, which are sold to more than 20 countries and regions, providing treatment for more than 7 million patients.
Mo lei said that in the future, XinGaoYi will further commit to promoting medical magnetic resonance imaging system in county hospitals, to provide cost-effective cutting-edge medical equipment for grassroots hospitals, to serve the majority of grassroots patients.