Thursday, June 11, 2009

Five tons of pull

What weighs five tons, has 30,000 times the magnetic pull of the earth and can actually run forever if it stays cooled by liquid helium?

It’s the magnet for the new $1 million Lakewood Ranch Medical Center MRI, built by Philips Healthcare.

The machine’s magnet is so powerful that it could cause a metal oxygen tank to fly toward it from across a room. That’s why the utmost in caution must be observed when it goes into use, probably sometime in late July.

For more, see Friday's Lakewood Ranch Herald.


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