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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging  listen  (3 TES-luh mag-NEH-tik REH-zuh-nunts IH-muh-jing)

  A procedure in which radio waves and a powerful magnet linked to a computer are used to make detailed pictures of areas inside the body. These pictures can show the difference between normal and abnormal tissue. 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging has a stronger magnet and makes better images of organs and soft tissue than other types of MRI do. It is used to make images of the brain, the spine, the soft tissue of joints, and the inside of bones and blood vessels. Also called 3 Tesla MRI and 3T MRI.