Which MRI Magnet is Best? A Market Analysis

By Kim

In the present clinical environment a new wave of advancements is creating a clear divide between MRI providers.

A report, published in August 2012 by IMV Medical Information Division, surveyed MRI/radiology department administrators and MRI lead technologists from 408 hospital-based and non-hospital imaging sites across the U.S from May to June 2012.

This market outlook report analyzed the challenges and opportunities MR providers are facing in the coming years and provided opinions related to future MRI trends.

The report concluded that there is a motivation to stay current with the advances in MRI technology and two clear driving forces were identified: Wide-bore technology (70 cm bore and greater) and high-field magnet strength (greater than 1.0 Tesla).

The IMV study found that high-field, 1.5 Tesla MRI remains the modality’s mainstay platform and that 1.5 Tesla MRI represents 70% of the installed base and 70% of new installations.

Interestingly, the report found that there is minimal demand by providers for 3 Tesla MRI due its limitations arising from the lack of clinical experience with the 3 Tesla platforms.

The report also makes clear that the demand for low-field MRI has virtually disappeared as it represents just 10% of the installed base and less than 1% of planned purchases in 2012.

At CMI, we have stayed current with imaging advancements. This report confirms that CMI’s high-field, wide bore 70cm 1.5 Tesla magnet is the magnet of choice for clinics wishing the latest in MRI technology.

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