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Three Teslas magnetic resonance imager acquired. Shot in the arm for research

The University Hospital at the University of Navarra and the Applied Medicine Research Centre (CIMA) of the University has purchased a 3 Teslas magnetic resonance// imager for use in research, being the first of its kind for research applications in Spain. The 3 Teslas is the magnetic resonance imaging unit, endowed with a superior capacity under the purview of the international medical bodies intended for the morphological study of the human body.

The University Hospital at the University of Navarra currently has two other magnetic resonance units. The first of these has strength of 0.2 Teslas (unit of magnetic field) with a C-shape or “open” structure. Apart from this, the hospital also has a 1.5 Teslas unit of a cylindrical shape.

The fundamental difference between the resonance units is marked by the intensity of the main magnetic field. There currently exist imaging units that have strengths from 0.2 Teslas and others that are currently in an experimental phase and reach a strength of 7 Teslas.

The most notable advantage of the 3 Teslas unit is its high precision given that it enables the recording of an enhanced image quality in less exploration time. Moreover, the imaging unit will be used to continue lines of research in close collaboration with CIMA, the most important of which involve the study of Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s.

Specialist medical uses

At a health care level, the medical specialities to benefit most from the acquisition of this unit, and in which the use is the most novel, are neuro-radiology, imaging diagnosis in muscular-skeletal injuries and angiography by Magnetic Resonance. Besides, there exist other areas of the body the study of which will also be enhanced by the use of 3 Teslas resonance such as the abdomen, the breast and the heart, amongst others.

Likewise, the greater strength of the magnetic field enables the optimisation of highly specialised techniqu
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