The 3 Tesla (3T) MRI is an advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner with twice the field strength of most conventional MRI scanners. It allows for faster scans, greater detail, clearer images, and more accurate diagnoses.
3 Tesla (3T) MRI is particularly useful in scans of the brain and spinal column, and of the musculoskeletal system.
Some of the procedures that the 3 Tesla (3T) MRI will benefit include
- MR angiography
- Neurological/brain imaging
- Spine studies
- Orthopedic – including elbow, wrist, hip, knee, foot and ankle
- Pelvis – Male and Female
- Functional imaging, spectroscopy, and brain fibre tracking
- Breast MRI
What to expect during your 3 Tesla (3T) MRI test
During an MRI scan, you will need to remain very still to avoid blurriness in the scanned images. Depending on your condition, you may have monitors to track your pulse, heart rate, and breathing.
If a contrast dye is used, a small IV needle is inserted into your hand or arm and a saline solution is dripped into your vein to prevent clotting before the dye is injected.
Next, the technologist will leave the room but will continue to communicate with you through an intercom. The technologist will give you directions, such as to hold your breath or remain still. You will then hear clicks as pictures are taken by the technologist. When the test is done, you will slide out of the scanner.
Your scans will then be interpreted by a radiologist and delivered to your consulting doctor.