Published online Jul 28, 2015. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v7.i15.1894
Peer-review started: January 27, 2015
First decision: April 27, 2015
Revised: May 17, 2015
Accepted: June 4, 2015
Article in press: June 8, 2015
Published online: July 28, 2015
An ever-increasing number of 3.0 Tesla (T) magnets are installed worldwide. Moving from the standard of 1.5 T to higher field strength implies a number of potential advantage and drawbacks, requiring careful optimization of imaging protocols or implementation of novel hardware components. Clinical practice and literature review suggest that state-of-the-art 3.0 T is equivalent to 1.5 T in the assessment of focal liver lesions and diffuse liver disease. Therefore, further technical improvements are needed in order to fully exploit the potential of higher field strength.
Core tip: The editorial focuses on potential advantages and drawbacks related to the use of 3.0 Tesla (T) magnets in liver imaging. Current clinical applications are discussed, with special emphasis on the comparison with 1.5 T. If careful optimization is performed, state-of-the-art 3.0 T is equivalent to 1.5 T. Further technical improvements are needed in order to fully exploit the potential of higher field strength.