3 T: the good, the bad and the ugly.
Br J Radiol
British Institute of Radiology
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Graves, M. J. (2022). 3 T: the good, the bad and the ugly.. Br J Radiol, 20210708. https://doi.org/10.1259/bjr.20210708
It is around 20 years since the first commercial 3 T MRI systems became available. The theoretical promise of twice the signal-to-noise ratio of a 1.5 T system together with a greater sensitivity to magnetic susceptibility-related contrast mechanisms, such as the blood oxygen level dependent effect that is the basis for functional MRI, drove the initial market in neuroradiology. However, the limitations of the increased field strength soon became apparent, including the increased radiofrequency power deposition, tissue-dependent changes in relaxation times, increased artifacts, and greater safety concerns. Many of these issues are dependent upon MR physics and workarounds have had to be developed to try and mitigate their effects. This article reviews the underlying principles of the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of 3 T, discusses some of the methods used to improve image quality and explains the remaining challenges and concerns.
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) (146281)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1259/bjr.20210708
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