3T MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)
What is a 3T MRI?
A 3T MRI, or 3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging procedure, is the latest advancement in MRI imaging technology. It offers your radiologist high-quality, detailed cross sectional images of the hard and soft tissues within the body. The 3T MRI can be used to accurately diagnose a wide variety of conditions.
Benefits of a 3T MRI Scanning Machine
- Sharper Images: MRI scanners use powerful magnets and nonionizing radio waves to procedure images of the body’s internal structures. The unit of measurement of a magnetic field strength is a Tesla or T. A stronger magnetic field generally results in clearer MRI images being produced. The 3T MRI scanner is about 15 times stronger than open or low-field MRI scanners and has about twice the strength of conventional high-field scanners.
- Shorter Scan Times: With the 3T MRI scanner, the information is processed and images created at a faster rate than with 1.5 or 1.2 MRI scanners with lower magnetic field strengths. The time required for the patient to be in the MRI machine can be reduced by half in some instances.
- Improved Comfort: The 3T MRI generally has a wider bore or tunnel size ensuring better patient comfort during the procedure. It helps accommodate patients with larger shoulder widths and reduces anxiety in claustrophobic patients. The MRI scanner also has an automated patient setup and detachable table for faster patient transfer.
- Multiple Images Contrasts from a Single MRI Scan: The cutting-edge technology used enables one 3T MRI scan to provide information comparable to multiple conventional MRI scan sequences. The image contrast can be changed even after the patient has exited the machine enabling advanced diagnostic capabilities.
Are You a Candidate for 3T MRI?
The 3T MRI is ideal for imaging of small bones, breast tissue, musculoskeletal system, neurological abnormalities, vascular disease, and other conditions where minute details are especially crucial to establish a diagnosis.