Helium Discovery a ‘Game-changer’ for MRI Machines

Helium Discovery a ‘Game-changer’ for MRI Machines

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While helium may be prevalent in the rest of the universe, it is much more scarce on Earth.

Which is why geologists are excited over the discovery of a helium field in Tanzania.

Helium, which is used for MRI machines, telescopes, and spacecrafts, has become increasingly expensive—and thus far, has only been captured from beneath the ground in small amounts.

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It is hoped that the discovery in the Tanzanian East African Rift Valley will provide enough helium for the next several years.

“This is a game-changer for the future security of society’s helium needs and similar finds in the future may not be far away,” said professor Chris Ballentine, of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, according to the BBC.

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