Increasing the main magnetic field strength for magnetic resonance (MR) imaging offers several theoretical advantages including higher signal to background noise, increased spectral separation, and better tissue contrast. The questions remain as to whether these theoretical advantages can be realized in the clinical setting and whether this implementation will lead to better lesion detection and characterization, more accurate diagnoses, and ultimately better patient outcome compared with 1.5T systems. While clinical 3T liver imaging is now more widely available, these questions still remain unanswered, as published scientific data are small. The answers will not only depend on the optimization of field strength-specific parameters but also on concomitant improvements in software and hardware.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBody MR Imaging at 3 Tesla
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780511978968
ISBN (Print)9780521194860
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011


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