According to research by the institute of medical education, there is about 30 million MRI Scans performed in the U.S. annually.
This staggering figure has continued to escalate and it is believed that it’s as a result of the improved MRI technology.
What is MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging popularly referred to as MRI is a medical procedure applied in radiology to form pictures of the body and its physiological processes. An MRI scanner features various components such as radio waves, magnetic fields, and field gradients, these components help to generate images of the anatomy.
With the ever increasing medical conditions, medical technology hasn’t been left out. Over the past few decades, we’ve seen a major growth in innovation and invention of superior medical equipment, one is the application of MRI scanners. The two common types of MRI scanners, 3 tesla and 1.5-Tesla have been constantly engaged in superiority and functionality battle. But since the 1.5-tesla MRI has been around, what do you know about the 3 tesla MRI?
The 3 tesla MRI is superior in characterizing some subtle abnormalities compared to a 1.5 tesla. A good example is the case of a small boy, a seizure victim in Massachusettes General Hospital, where until a 3 tesla MRI was performed on his head, no one knew there was a presence of heterotopic gray matter that’s associated with a development problem.
Radiologist says that 3 tesla scanners can perform way better and faster than standard 1.5-tesla machines. They process brain imaging in record time and still achieve a higher signal-to-noise ratio. 3-tesla scanner
is able to achieve high results as it localizes areas of focus resulting in sound mapping of brain function in patients. The accuracy level of 3-tesla reduces the cases of misdiagnosis by greater margins.
3 tesla clinical systems features an addition surface coil to its predecessor, offering much more signal-to-noise headroom and higher image resolution. Fine autonomic details are hardly missed. However, the new features and innovation in 3-tesla machines demand calls for advanced training for radiologists. The machines are complex in various respects hence there is a learning curve involved.
Typically, the 3 tesla is efficient in radiology process, maximizing patient’s comfort with utmost quality. The reliability offers to allow for earlier diagnosis of potentially hazardous medical conditions hence, an early treatment plan can be achieved.