by Anne Halliwell
Mayo Clinic is now the proud owner of the only 7-Tesla MRI scanner earmarked for clinical use. Most MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machines are either 1.5-Tesla or 3-Tesla scanners, said Kimberly Amrami, a musculoskeletal radiologist at Mayo. The new machine, called a MAGNETOM Terra, has more than two times the magnetic field strength of any other clinical MRI scanner in North America (though there are some 7-Teslas used for research purposes) — and it cost two to three times as much as any other machine at Mayo as well, Amrami said. Mayo did not disclose a price for the scanner.
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Context: The addition of a 7-Tesla MRI scanner — the first in North American with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for clinical uses — is a big deal for Mayo Clinic.Mayo Clinic was thorough in its decision-making process when acquiring the scanner, and in planning the logistics of moving the system into the Charlton North Building on Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus. The acquisition and planning process took months. You can check out more about the installation details in this Science Saturday segment on Mayo Clinic News Network.
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