This project aims to develop a liquid-helium-free superconducting technology to address the need for more affordable MRI magnets that currently rely on expensive, limited supplies of liquid helium. This project expects to generate a world-first, much needed MRI systems to be operated in persistent mode without a power supply, to obtain high-resolution images and low-cost operation. The expected outcomes include a novel, lightweight, easy-to-operate magnesium diboride superconducting MRI magnet prototype under persistent mode operation. This should provide significant benefits, including reducing the cost associated with conventional liquid helium-dependent technologies and ensuring Australia at the forefront of MRI development worldwide.

Industry partner: HyperTech Inc.

Project members

Associate Professor MD Shahriar Hossain

Affiliate Research Fellow
Yamauchi Group
Senior Lecturer
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

Professor Yusuke Yamauchi

Senior Group Leader
Yamauchi Group