The Challenges of Integrating A 9.4T MR Scanner for Human Brain Imaging
The increasing appreciation of neuroradiologists, other healthcare professionals, neuroscientists, and cognitive scientists for the exquisite detail of anatomical, physiological, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the human brain has encouraged increasing use of MRI in medical care and research. As MRI has no adverse biological effects when performed within FDA guidelines, longitudinal studies of development and aging and detailed studies through repetitive measurements on single subjects can be undertaken with insignificant risk. Scanner performance for clinical MR scanners has been enhanced as field strengths have migrated upward to 3.0 Tesla. It is appropriate to consider the technical challenges of further improving sensitivity by moving from 3.0 to 9.4T, the highest magnetic field scanner now available for human MRI that became operational in 2004.
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