SIGNA Returns: SIGNA Creator and SIGNA Explorer designed for improved patient comfort and productivity

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

Dec 02, 2014, 12:00 ET from GE Healthcare

CHICAGO, Dec. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at #RSNA14, GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) introduced two new 510(k) pending 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems, SIGNA* Creator^ and SIGNA Explorer^. Built on the proven SIGNA platform, the world's first high-field MRI system introduced by GE at RSNA in 1983, these innovative systems were designed to help clinicians improve workflow, lower cost of ownership and impact patient comfort – all at the same time.

"GE Healthcare is proud to bring SIGNA back," said Eric Stahre, president and CEO of GE Healthcare MRI. "With over 30 years of experience in MRI innovation and refinement, SIGNA Creator and SIGNA Explorer are built on the high-definition MRI platform our customers trust. These systems are designed to cover virtually all patient types and clinical areas while delivering excellent image quality. Both systems have intuitive plug-and-play features, advanced capabilities, and are designed for lower cost of ownership."

Both SIGNA Creator and Explorer – designed to lower total cost of ownership – use 34 percent less power than previous generation MRI systems and require a smaller footprint for installation.

SIGNA Creator covers an impressive range of productivity-enhancing applications: "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: SilentScan neuro exam and MAVRIC SL. SilentScan, 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 rock concert or jackhammer levels. The Silenz pulse sequence dramatically reduces the scan to just three dBA above ambient noise for neuro exams, a major differentiator for patient comfort. MAVRIC SL brings the power of MRI to patients with metal implants by enabling visualization of soft tissue and bone near the implant.

*Trademark of the General Electric Company.

^SIGNA Creator and SIGNA Explorer are 510(k) pending at the FDA and not available for sale In the U.S. They are not yet CE marked and cannot be placed on the market or put into service until they have been made to comply with the Medical Device Directive requirements for CE marking. Not available for sale in all regions.

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