Signa Premier, a new wide bore 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, is now available for sale from GE Healthcare. This system is the result of a four-year collaboration with the National Football League (NFL) and research institutions around the world working to design new imaging tools, particularly to aid researchers in the detection of biomarkers for the potential diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury. It delivers a new level of clinical performance with additional research-focused capabilities, especially for neurology and oncology research.
The system is powered by the innovative SuperG gradient technology, which is designed to deliver the performance of ultra-high-performance, research-class 60 cm MRI system in a 70 cm bore.
The RF technology of Signa Premier provides 146 independent receiver channels that allow the simultaneous acquisition of patient data from multiple high channel-density surface coils for faster scanning, higher image quality, and overall enhanced clinical performance.
The 48-channel head coil delivers improved clinical performance for virtually every patient. A fit-adaptable design addresses 99.99 percent of the population – including patients with extremely large heads and short necks – while preserving high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and outstanding image quality. Additionally, the system can perform a routine fast brain examination in under five minutes by leveraging HyperSense, a new speed scanning tool, delivering up to eight times faster scanning, which is part of the HyperWorks application suite.
Further, the system runs on GE Healthcare's Orchestra reconstruction platform that is now widely available through the company's collaboration portal for researchers to compose their own reconstruction algorithms that can be easily integrated with the data acquisition on the scanner.