Infographic: 7 Tesla MRI

Latest MRI Technology for Brain Care

How MRI works

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) shows high-resolution images of tissue and blood flow

  • High-power magnets align hydrogen molecules in the body
  • Radio wave pulses are transmitted into the body to disturb this molecular alignment
  • Images are created from new radio signals that are generated when hydrogen molecules return to alignment
  • Magnetic field strength is measured in units called "Teslas"

How MRI has evolved over time

  • Since the first human scan in 1977, MRI scanners have evolved in speed, convenience and power.
  • 7 Tesla provides clearer images than earlier 1.5 or 3 Tesla MRI scanners.
  • Most MRI scanners in the U.S. are 1.5 or 3 Tesla units. 7 Tesla is now the most powerful MRI strength available for patient use.

7 Tesla MRI: Higher resolution for greater diagnostic precision

The newest medically-approved MRI scanners are 7 Tesla, which before now were only used for research. As shown in the diagnostic images below, the 7 Tesla MRI offers resolution much higher than the more common 3 Tesla scanners. Greater resolution allows the person's care team to identify subtle abnormalities related to their condition. In some instances, this can improve treatment of the disease.

A higher resolution scan may offer new answers

People with a wide range of neurological issues may benefit from the 7 Tesla MRI. With the help of a doctor, the new scanners may provide new answers for:

  • Epilepsy

    Detect abnormalities that may be the source of seizures.

  • Brain function

    Assess functional areas of the brain to plan for complex surgery, including the removal of brain tumors.

  • Brain aneurysms

    More accurately detect very tiny aneurysms.

  • Degenerative and demyelinating disorders

    More clearly identify multiple sclerosis or amyloid angiopathy.

  • Trauma and concussion

    More accurately detect even the slightest brain bleeding from head injury.

  • Brain vascular malformations

    Detect and more accurately characterize abnormal blood vessels in the brain.