Helium has an ultra-low boiling point, making it an ideal coolant for MRI machines. It is also used in semiconductor chips, fibre optic cables and arc welding not just party balloons at kids parties.
Recently there have been concerns about helium shortages but a dormant helium deposit in Saskatchewan is about to be mined but will it be enough?
- Helium is used as a cryogen to cool down superconducting magnets for MRI machines.
- Helium is used as an inert gas for welding.
- Helium is used for leak detection to test containers which will be subjected to high pressure or low vacuum for cracks
Bo Sears, Weil Group in Houston, Texas explains how the gas is mined and if we could see a shortage soon.