MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, uses magnets and radio waves to provide images of the internal structures of the body. Magnetic resonance imaging allows medical professionals to examine the inside of a person’s body without the need for an invasive procedure. Unlike x-rays, MRI uses non-ionizing radiation

So what makes 3T MRI different from regular MRI?

A tesla is a unit of measurement. More specifically, a tesla measures the strength of a magnetic field. 3T MRI, or 3 Tesla MRI, uses very powerful magnets that produce a 3-tesla magnetic field.

A 3-tesla magnetic field is twice as powerful as the fields used in conventional high-field MRI scanners, and as much as 15 times stronger than low-field or open MRI scanners. This results in a clearer and more complete image. Stronger magnetic fields also produce better images of soft tissues and organs than standard MRI scanners.

3T MRI is the fastest diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging technology available. The computer generated images can be sent off-site for immediate analysis. These exams can be up to 100 times faster than standard MRI exams.

Another advantage of 3 Tesla MRI is that the exams offer more comfort than typical MRI exams. Some patients may feel anxious or claustrophobic in traditional MRI scanners. 3 Tesla MRI offers a more spacious bore, or tube, and the patient’s head can remain outside of the bore for scans that don’t involve the spinal cord, neck, or head.