If you are on the fence about whether or not to choose a 3.0T MRI or a 1.5T, today’s blog post is for you. A picture really is worth a thousand words, so what better way to show the difference between 3.0T and 1.5T than visually?




For the photo above the 3.0T MRI scan image is on the left, and the 1.5T MRI scan image is on the right.




For the knee scan above, the 3.0T image on the right is much more detailed, which is incredibly helpful for the radiologist to be able to make an accurate diagnosis. Here are a few more examples of the clarity and precision that a 3.0T MRI scanner provides.




Brain scan comparison.




Cardiovascular scan comparison.

As you can see, a visual representation mostly works in favor of a 3.0T scanner because of the exceptionally clear images. However, keep in mind that just because a 3.0T scanner produces much clearer images, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a better scanner.


Not every object that has been tested with a 1.5T scanner has been tested on a 3.0T scanner, making it dangerous for patients with implanted devices to be scanned with a 3.0T. 3.0T machines also have higher sound pressure levels; not to mention that if the coil array, cable assembly, or connector malfunctions, it may cause skin irritation or burning if it comes in contact with the patient.


3.0T’s powerful applications may be too much for certain scans and not much more helpful than a 1.5T, so use your best judgement when it comes to deciding whether or not a 3.0T or a 1.5T is right for you. Hopefully, these photos were of some help, though!


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