Expect plume of steam over Waimea hospital while MRI is de-energized

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Image of what helium release might look like after de-energizing of the magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, machine at Queen’s North Hawai‘i Community Hospital in Waimea. Photo courtesy of Queen’s North Hawai‘i Community Hospital.

In preparation for the arrival of a new magnetic resonance imaging machine later this year, Queen’s North Hawai‘i Community Hospital in Waimea on Jan. 9 will be de-energizing its existing MRI.

During the de-energizing process, helium is released through a roof vent. There is no danger to the surrounding around, but a plume of steam that could look like smoke will be visible.

The Waimea hospital has a temporary MRI on campus that will used until the new machine is installed.


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