GE HealthCare Unveils SIGNA Champion, a 1.5T Wide Bore MRI System

It offers generous patient clearance inside the bore.

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GE HealthCare today introduced SIGNA Champion, a 1.5T wide bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system at the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) 2023 Annual Meeting, taking place from November 26-30 in Chicago, IL. SIGNA Champion is designed to enhance the standard care of MRI exams for patients everywhere by democratizing advanced AI and innovative features to help enable faster and more precise MRI scans. 

60 to 70% of the world population lacks access to MRI. While more patients gain access to MRI technology every year, they undergo a wide variation of quality, comfort & overall experience from their scans. Enabling equity in both the quality and experience of every MRI exam is equally as important as improving access to MRI for patients around the world.

In the pursuit of healthcare access and equity, SIGNA Champion is designed to stand out as an exceptional high-performance 1.5T wide bore MRI system powered by a variety of GE HealthCare innovative breakthroughs technologies:

  • AI & Deep Learning – SIGNA Champion is designed to offer several AI-enabled workflow features, supporting efficiency, and delivering image quality excellence for users of all experience levels.
    • SIGNA Champion is compatible with AIR Recon DL, providing exceptionally high image quality which potentially leads to more precise diagnoses. The benefits of AIR Recon DL are extended from 2D exams to 3D and PROPELLER to nearly all MRI clinical procedures, covering all anatomies and enabling better image quality, shorter scan times, and enhanced patient experience. To date, an estimated 16 million patients have been scanned with AIR Recon DL.  
    • SIGNA Champion is also compatible with Sonic DL, which offers new imaging paradigms such as high-quality cardiac MRI in a single heartbeat, reducing scan time by up to 83%. When applied to cardiac imaging, Sonic DL extends MRI access to cardiac patients with arrhythmias and breath-holding challenges, helping to ensure swift, consistent, and more comfortable exams.
  • Patient Comfort - SIGNA Champion’s unique combination of generous patient clearance inside the bore, short scan times and GE HealthCare’s AIR Coils support a more natural & comfortable patient experience. This is especially beneficial for patients experiencing significant pain and discomfort including pregnant and bariatric patients, patients unable to lie on their backs (e.g., Osteoporosis), and patients with breathing difficulties as examples. AIR Coils wrap around the patient like a blanket, offering a thinner, lighter solution compared to conventional RF coils, enhancing patient comfort with exceptional image quality.
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