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GE Healthcare unveils new MRI system Signa Pioneer

GE Healthcare has unveiled its new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, Signa Pioneer, at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2014 in Chicago, US.

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The new 510(k) pending 3.0T MRI system features enhancements like magnetic resonance image compilation (MAGiC) one-and-done imaging and patient-friendly SilentScan technology.

GE Healthcare MR president and CEO Eric Stahre said: "We are proud to introduce MAGiC that allows generation of six different contrasts in a single scan – that’s a major step forward in productivity.

"And SilentScan is setting the trend in the industry for a new level of patient experience; this enhanced SilentScan package will extend the comfort patients experience now beyond just neuro scans."

According to the company, MAGiC allows the clinicians to generate multiple image contrasts in a single MRI scan including T1, T2, STIR, T1 FLAIR, T2 FLAIR and PD weighted images of the brain in a single acquisition.

The technology also helps in changing the contrast of images even after completing the scan by simply moving the cursor on the MAGiC interface to change acquisition parameters such as TR, TE and TI, noted GE.

GE Healthcare has developed this one-and-done imaging through collaboration with SyntheticMR.

The system’s SilentScan technology allows musculoskeletal (MSK) imaging and spine imaging, in addition to a complete neuro exam that also includes Diffusion Weighted Imaging (DWI).

Signa Pioneer also features total digital imaging (TDI) technology, which provides improved image quality and increases signal to noise ratio (SNR) by around 25%. The technology is composed of direct digital interface (DDI), digital surround technology (DST) and digital micro switching (DMS).


Image: GE Healthcare has unveiled new MRI system Signa Pioneer at RSNA 2014. Photo: courtesy of General electric.