The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) applauded Representatives Doc Hastings (R-WA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) for their bipartisan work to keep the Federal Helium Reserve operational by today holding a markup of the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act (H.R. 527). H.R. 527 prevents the premature closure of the Federal Helium Reserve this year.

Helium is an essential component used in the creation and operation of medical imaging equipment, such as magnetic resonance (MRI) machines. Liquid helium is the only element that can feasibly cool MRI magnets to temperatures suitable for imaging; thus, MRIs must be regularly replenished with helium in order to maintain normal operating temperatures.