Christina Heilmaier1,2, Jens M. Theysohn1,2, Stefan Maderwald1,2, Oliver Kraff1,2, Lale Umutlu1,2, Mark E. Ladd1,2, Susanne C. Ladd1,2
1Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Hospital Essen, Essen, NRW, Germany; 2Erwin L. Hahn-Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Essen, NRW, Germany
Subjective acceptance of ultra-high-field MRI has not been evaluated in larger study groups yet. For this purpose, 573 volunteers underwent a 7T examination and were afterwards asked about sensations and side effects. Analysis revealed an overall high subjective acceptance of 7T examinations with mainly non-specific factors such as unpleasant room temperature, little contact to the staff or noise being criticized. Compared to 1.5T volunteers described considerably more often nausea or a metallic taste on 7T; however, the average degree of these effects was very low. Volunteers lying head first expressed more complaints than those lying feet first.