Technology | December 12, 2014

GE Brings Back Signa MRI Brand With New Line of Systems

GE Healthcare’s new MRI systems launched at RSNA 2014 aim to address clinicians’ pain points

MRI systems, RSNA 2014, Signa Creator, Signa Explorer

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December 12, 2014 — GE Healthcare introduced two 510(k) pending 1.5T MRI systems, Signa Creator and Signa Explorer at RSNA 2014. These systems were designed to help clinicians improve workflow, lower cost of ownership and impact patient comfort.

Both Signa Creator and Explorer use 34 percent less power than previous generation MRI systems and require a smaller footprint for installation.

Signa Creator covers a range of productivity-enhancing applications including: “eyes to thighs” coverage, neuro performance with automated motion correction, MSK performance with cartilage mapping, multi-planar body imaging with quantitative capabilities and vascular performance with non-contrast and automated time-resolved imaging. Signa

Creator also helps clinicians save time with an automated workflow, including: volumetric imaging acquisitions like Cube, automated brain exams via Ready Brain and simplified whole body diffusion imaging. OpTix Optical RF technology also can help boost image quality with premium analog to digital signal conversion that can provide a gain in SNR of up to 27 percent over conventional analog signal receivers.

Signa Explorer offers clinicians the same workflow as Signa Creator with an added patient-comfort touch, Silent Scan neuro exam and Mavric SL. Silent Scan, GE Healthcare’s revolutionary quiet technology, takes patient comfort to a new level. Conventional MRI scanners can generate noise in excess of 110 decibels (dBA), the equivalent of a rock concert or jackhammer levels. The Silenz pulse sequence reduces the scan to just three dBA above ambient noise for neuro exams. Mavric SL brings the power of MRI to patients with metal implants by enabling visualization of soft tissue and bone near the implant.

Both systems are pending FDA review and are not cleared for sale.

For more information: www.gehealthcare.com

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