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Tallahassee's MagCorp will help create next generation of MRI devices

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MagCorp's Jeff Whalen at November's event announcing the partnership with Phillips

Today's MRI machines are huge, expensive devices and because of that don't help as many people as they could. But a Tallahassee technology company is ready to develop the next generation of MRI's to serve a much larger patient population.
The newly-forged partnership involves international hi-tech giant Phillips and the Capital City's own MagCorp, headed by Jeff Whalen. He said the job was simple: make MRI machines that are better in every way than what's out there now.

"This type of technology can be transformative in rural or low income regions in different markets that can't be served by these devices because they're so expensive."

And because Phillips is the project partner, Whalen sees a lot more business coming to his door as the word gets around about what his company is capable of.

"We can work on any project under the sun as long as it has an economic importance, and somewhere in that scope of work there is the word 'magnet.'"

Research from the National High Magnetic Field Lab and Tallahassee's two universities are also part of the MRI project package.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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