The Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, has become the first United States facility to install Siemens Healthcare’s Magnetom Prisma, a 3 Tesla (3T) MRI scanner capable of high spatial and temporal resolution for premium image quality.

“The Center for Magnetic Resonance Research is excited to add the Magnetom Prisma 3T scanner to support our research efforts to obtain better information about anatomical connections within the brain,” said Kamil Ugurbil, PhD, director of CMMR and a professor at the University of Minnesota. “The large gradient strength in the Prisma provides the potential for us to encode the diffusion of water in the brain much more quickly than conventional MRI scanners, yielding signal-to-noise gains that increase image resolution and enhance our ability to detect smaller effects in the brain.”

The system’s XR Gradients combine 80 milliTesla per meter (m/T/m) with a 200T-per-meter-per-second (T/m/s) slew rate within one sequence for a configuration not found on any other commercial whole-body MR system. In addition, the first-to-market Diffusion Spectrum Imaging (DSI) acquisition enables users to potentially resolve fine anatomical details of the brain such as crossing white-matter fibers. The system also uses Siemens’ Dot (day optimizing throughput) engines, which provide automation and reproducibility for studies across subjects, time points, and institutions. The features are suited for cardiac and body imaging, including spectroscopy applications.

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