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3T MRI Systems

3T MRI is an advanced scanner, allowing for faster scans, clearer images, and more accurate diagnoses.

Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a non-invasive test that uses magnetic waves to take two- and three-dimensional pictures of the inside of the body. An MRI scanner can look at body parts, organs, and tissues, from head to toe.

Doctors use MRI scans to diagnose and treat injuries and conditions such as:

  • Bone fractures
  • Brain trauma
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Joint and musculoskeletal disorders
  • Vascular disease

The Benefits of 3T MRI

3T MRI is an advanced magnetic resonance imaging. These state-of-the-art scanners allow for faster, more accurate imaging, compared to conventional MRI.

Faster and powerful

3T MRI, using a 3.0 Tesla magnet in the scanner:

  • Provides more magnetic strength than conventional 1.5T imaging
  • Is a powerful scanner available to patients today
  • Can reduce scan times
  • Results in faster, more accurate scans

Clearer, more accurate images

  • Provides an increase in signal clarity and intensity
  • Produces cleaner, crisper images

More specific diagnoses and treatment

3T MRI helps doctors:

  • See abnormalities on very small scales, allowing for a more specific diagnosis
  • Diagnose and treat — with more clarity — conditions such as:
    • Epilepsy
    • Tumors
    • Strokes
    • Musculoskeletal and heart diseases

If you have a large or broad frame, or have claustrophobia, UPMC Imaging Services also offers wide-bore MRI scanners with extra-wide openings.

What to Expect During Your 3T MRI Test

MRI scans require you to remain very still, to avoid blurriness in the images.

Depending on your condition, you may have monitors to track your pulse, heart rate, and breathing.

If a contrast dye is used:

  • A small IV needle is inserted into your hand or arm before you slide into the MRI scanner.
  • First, a saline solution is dripped into your vein to prevent clotting.
  • Then, the dye is injected. Some may have an allergic reaction to the dye, but this is rare.


  • The technologist will leave the room.
  • Through the intercom, the technologist will give you directions, such as to hold your breath. You can talk to the technologist through this intercom as well.
  • The technologist will take the pictures. You will know the exam has begun once you’ve heard loud clicks. These clicks signal that the pictures of the body are being taken. You can request ear plugs if the clicks are bothersome.
  • When the exam is done, you will slide out of the scanner. If you have an IV needle, it will be removed.

After Your 3T MRI Test

A board-certified radiologist interprets your high-quality digital MRI scans. Then, they are delivered to your doctor via our state-of-the-art computer system.

If your images are ever needed, they can be accessed by any UPMC hospital or facility at any time of the day or night.


  • UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Hillman Cancer Center
  • UPMC Hamot
  • UPMC Shadyside
  • UPMC Presbyterian