Has your doctor required you to get a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan?
Here is why you should look for a clinic which has upgraded its equipment from the standard 1.5T (Tesla; unit of measuring magnetic fields) MRI to a 3T MRI.
In recent years, MRI technology has evolved rapidly and, while the 1.5T MRI equipment has been an effective tool for the last 20 years, science and technology haven’t slowed down – and have now brought us the 3T model.
What’s the difference?
Put simply, the numbers represent the strength of the scanner (which it uses to generate the magnetic fields) which also results in a higher quality of imagery.
Imagine your last cell phone camera compared to your latest upgrade – with its higher megapixel camera, your photos taken with your new phone will now have greater clarity and quality than the previous model.
The 3T MRI has superior imaging abilities (twice the magnetic field strength) compared to the 1.5T, and image quality is one of the most important aspects of an accurate diagnosis.
What are the benefits to you, the patient?
Aside from assisting a more accurate diagnosis, 3T machines provide a more comfortable experience for the user.
They also offer a shorter overall scan time, as the increased signal strength allows a 3T MRI to be done faster, with the same, or improved, accuracy of result. With it’s faster speeds, the 3T also makes imaging children an easier, more stress-free process for everyone involved.
In addition, by using higher-powered scans, we may soon be able to eliminate the need in some cases for more uncomfortable methods of biopsies – such as needles.
For those reasons and more, our team at Xplore Radiology have upgraded to the 3T MRI and can now provide our patients with the benefits of the latest in MRI technology. Xplore Radiology is also the only Medicare licensed facility in Griffith so that means we can bulk bill your scans when referred by a specialist and for GP eligible exams.
Patients with implants or devices will need to inform us of what they are so we can ensure you can be scanned without any issues.
Talk to our team today to discuss your MRI scan and how we can help.