7T Scanners have been around for a while. However, they have only been used for experimental and research purposes due to their high magnet strength.
Until now that is. The first 7T MRI scanner, a Magnetom Terra by Siemens, is approved for clinical use in the United States. The FDA checked for overall safety and quality for this new type of scanner. One of the most noticeable benefits for 7T scanners is the image quality. When compared to other images from 3T device, the 7T met and even exceeded image quality of the 3T images.
For now, the 7T Magnetom Terra is approved for patients that weigh more than 66 pounds, which means this will not be used for pediatric imaging, and for limited exams of head, arms, and legs. The magnet strength is still quite strong, so it is important to exercise safety and caution.
Here at Sound Imaging, we are excited to see how the imaging field continuously expands and improves. When looking at any new scanner, it is important to keep MRI safety in the forefront. This is why our MRI devices, the SAMM System and SAMM MD, the MRI camera systems, are excellent choices for a safe facility. Magnet Watch is also the option to make sure your MRI scanner is in the best condition.
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