• By Bryan Anderson

3T Wide Bore MRI For Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center In Minneapolis

September 5, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — Earlier this year, Mayo Clinic announced plans to build a state-of-the-art, 22,000 square foot Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center location in downtown Minneapolis as part of a long-term collaboration with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx. 3T Wide Bore MRI installed at Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis. This weekend, the Twin Cities’ first sports medicine/musculoskeletal-dedicated GE 3T wide bore magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine was installed using a telescopic crane.

Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center providers will begin treating Timberwolves and Lynx players at the Mayo Clinic Square location this October. The GE 3T wide bore MRI is just one example of the cutting edge technology Mayo Clinic will include in this facility to treat people of all ages and all walks of life.

Crane delivering new MRI to Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis. WHAT:
GE 3T wide bore MRI install at Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, Mayo Clinic Square

Sat., Sept. 6 (crane lift at approximately 7 a.m.)

Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center
Mayo Clinic Square
700 Hennepin Avenue

MEDIA CONTACT: Bryan Anderson, Mayo Clinic, 507-284-5005, [email protected]


  • The crane used to move the MRI is 179 feet tall and weighs more than 110,000 pounds.
  • The 3T MRI machine weighs 17,000 pounds.
  • 3T MRI magnet is twice as strong as a conventional MRI scanner, producing better images with more detail and improved diagnosis.
  • 3T MRI is especially good for looking at detailed structures, such as ligaments, tendons, and bone.
  • Wide bore is designed to enhance comfort for larger people.

Media may take footage from outside the building. Video and photos of the install will be available for download.


About Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center
The Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center offers the largest, most comprehensive and leading edge practice in the United States for the prevention and treatment of sport injuries and optimization of performance for professional, competitive and recreational athletes of all ages. For more information, please visit sportsmedicine.mayoclinic.org.

About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, please visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/about/ and http://www.mayoclinic.org/news.


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