This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

New MRI scanner developed for food industry research

03 April 2013

A new, three Tesla superconducting MRI scanner has been developed by Guildford based MR Solutions for the food industry.

The scanner doesn’t require liquid helium cooling and has a magnetic stray field of a few centimetres so it can be wheeled into a laboratory and placed alongside other sensitive equipment.

MRI scanners have been used by researchers in the food industry for many years including determining crystallisation, dehydration, gelation, diffusion and in the measurement of fruit ripening processes.

MR Solutions says, with its magnet partner, was able to do away with the usual liquid helium cooling system by using a magnet design incorporating new superconducting wire. This enables the use of a standard low temperature Cryocooler to cool the magnet to the required -269°C needed to achieve superconductivity.

Secondly, it does not have to be in a separate metal lined room (a Faraday cage) as its stray magnetic field is only a few centimetres and will not interfere with the other equipment in a laboratory. The elimination of the helium cooling system has allowed the optimum installation of an additional solenoid which counters the stray magnetic field.

“These breakthroughs have two significant benefits for food research laboratories,” says MR Solutions chief executive Dr David Taylor. “Firstly, the cost is dramatically reduced by doing away with the liquid helium cooling and attendant safety devices. Secondly, the space required for the system is only the size of a desk. We are sure that our new bench-top MRIs will be welcomed with open arms by labs which are always constrained by budgets and lack of space.”


More information...

Print this page | E-mail this page

RELATED CONTENT...


Article image Refractometers designed around you

Results from a refractometer will only be right if the instrument is clean. Rudolph Research’s shallow prism design has no corners or steep angles to trap sticky samples, thus avoiding or reducing the problem of cross contamination.Full Story...

Article image Take control of quality testing

The FoodLab range of analysers provide accurate testing of a wide range of quality, oxidation and stability parameters, providing results compliant with reference methods.Full Story...

Food inspector radiation detector

Cheesy vision focuses clearly

RELATED SPONSORED ARTICLES...


Article image Refractometers designed around you

Results from a refractometer will only be right if the instrument is clean. Rudolph Research’s shallow prism design has no corners or steep angles to trap sticky samples, thus avoiding or reducing the problem of cross contamination.Full Story...

Article image Take control of quality testing

The FoodLab range of analysers provide accurate testing of a wide range of quality, oxidation and stability parameters, providing results compliant with reference methods.Full Story...

MOST VIEWED...


Article image Spray and save on the glazing process

Food glazes are widely used in the bakery sector to improve the look and taste of baked products. Traditionally, this coating process has resulted in substantial waste. Technology advances mean that this is no longer the case. Full Story...

Article image Your flexible friend in the food factory

Suzanne Gill finds out where thermal imaging technology can help around the factory. Full Story...

What role does refrigeration play in the supply chain?

A dry-ageing process improvement

Self diagnostics: an enabler for predictive maintenance

http://www.appetite4eng.co.uk