What does 3T mean?
Tesla (T) is the unit of measurement quantifying the strength of a magnetic field. Prior to the 3 Tesla Machine, the high-field standard was 1.5 Tesla. Our 3T MRI generates a magnetic field that is twice the strength of 1.5 Tesla machines and 10 to 15 times the strength of low field or OPEN MRI scanners.
What does this mean for our patients and referring doctors?
We scan EVERY patient on our 3T MRI. Hospitals that have a 3T available may only allow specialty brain, prostate, or orthopedic cases to be scanned on their 3T machine. Our 3T images are more detailed and scan times are shorter. Higher spatial resolution gives our radiologists more information so you can depend on clear results.
Why is 3T Wide bore MRI BETTER than Open MRI for Claustrophobic Patients?
Our 3T MRI has a 70cm Wide Bore and Short Bore. The patient’s body will never be completely in the MRI bore and most claustrophobic patients prefer our Wide Bore over an “OPEN”.
In an OPEN MRI the flat bore is closer to the patient’s face, and only the sides are open. When using OPEN MRI, image detail is compromised and the scan time is longer. On average, an MRI done on an OPEN scanner is about 45-60 minutes compared to our 15-20 minute average scan time.
Our Wide bore MRI is spacious, comfortable, and accommodates up to 550 lbs.
Music options are provided and are available for most scans.