The Holy Grail in diagnostic neuroradiology: 3T or 3D?

Eur Radiol. 2011 Mar;21(3):449-56. doi: 10.1007/s00330-010-2034-x. Epub 2010 Dec 23.


Many technical developments keep occurring in the field of MRI that could benefit image acquisition in the field of diagnostic neuroradiology. While there is much focus on the potential advantages of 3T and higher field strengths, it is often unclear whether these are cosmetic only, or convey clinically relevant diagnostic value. The increased signal-to-noise at 3T is certainly beneficial in different ways particularly for the acquisition of isotropic 3D sequences like FLAIR. Single-slab 3D sequences can now be obtained with multiple contrasts in clinically attainable data acquisition times and could revolutionize MRI to evolve into a fundamentally multi-planar technique, rather similar to what has happened with the introduction of multi-detector row CT.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Brain Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement / methods*
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional / trends*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / trends*
  • Neuroradiography / methods*