A compact high field magnet system for medical applications
High magnetic field gradients can be used for various medical applications including magnetically targeted drug delivery, magnetic cell separation and controlled local heating for the ablation of tumours. These processes involve the use of biocompatible magnetic nanoparticles directed to the area of interest by the use of a field gradient. The force on the nanoparticle is proportional to the field gradient product, so high fields are required for effective delivery. Bulk superconductors are an attractive solution for both drug delivery and the next generation of low cost magnetic resonance imaging magnets. In particular, MgB2 is seen as an attractive material due to its low cost, simple processing and relatively high transition temperature (∼39 K). This paper describes the development of a breadboard compact delivery system suitable for medical applications. This incorporates a cryogenic stage which utilises long life space-proven technology and state of the art ex-situ processed MgB 2 pellets.