we have the opportunity to use a Siemens 1.5Tesla Magnetom Espree open-bore system for MRI-aquisition (mainly functional data, but also high-resolution structural T1-weighted images). Until now we have used a standard Siemens 1.5Tesla Avanto for our studies.
Has anyone experience with the Espree (or other open-bore) Systems? Is the data-quality similar to the Avanto system? We are planning to do some test-runs (e.g. phantom, basic functional paradigms) on both scanners. Are there any standard strategies to compare the data-quality on two different scanning systems? The test runs are expected to start in a few weeks, any experience with the system is wellcome. It would be a pleasure for me to share my own experiences on the new system & discuss pro & cons.
Thanks & Kind regards