GE Healthcare has introduced its new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, Signa Pioneer, at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2014 in Chicago, US.
The 510(k) pending 3.0T MRI system features enhancements including magnetic resonance image compilation (MAGiC) one-and-done imaging and patient-friendly Silent Scan technology.
MAGiC was designed to allow 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.
The company said the technology also helps in changing the contrast of images, even after completing a scan by simply moving the cursor on the MAGiC interface to change acquisition parameters such as TR, TE and TI.
GE Healthcare MR president Eric Stahre said: "Improved patient experience and productivity are essential now in healthcare.
"With SIGNA Pioneer, we set out to design a system with innovative solutions to help our customers and their patients.
"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 Silent Scan 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."
The company developed MAGiC, one-and-done imaging, in collaboration with SyntheticMR.
Signa Pioneer's Silent Scan technology allows musculoskeletal (MSK) imaging and spine imaging, in addition to a complete neuro exam that includes diffusion weighted imaging (DWI).
It also features total digital imaging (TDI) technology, providing improved image quality and increased signal to noise ratio (SNR) by 25%.
The technology is composed of direct digital interface (DDI), digital surround technology (DST) and digital micro switching (DMS).
Image: SIGNA Pioneer is a new 510(k) pending 3.0T MRI system with productivity enhancements such as MAGiC. Photo: courtesy of PRNewswire / GE Healthcare.