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Open MRI Scanners vs. Superconducting Units

Should your department consider both, superconducting and open MRI scanners?

MRI scanners have come a long way since the late 70s and the technology continues to evolve. State of the art-units have higher Tesla strengths, quicker scan times,  and enhanced software for real time imaging. Open MRI scanners and Superconducting ones are the two most popular units on the market. Plus, there are many types and designs with each unit.

In this article we will cover the differences between open and superconducting MRI units, including their price points and the pros and cons.

Let’s begin with the superconducting magnet

Superconducting magnets use cooled liquid cryogens to produce strong magnetic fields measured in Tesla. Most medical institutions and imaging centers throughout the world use 1.5T to 3.0T magnetic field strength. These strong magnetic fields produce detailed images of vascular and neuro structures with speed and accuracy.

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