GE Healthcare Names New 3.0T MRI System for Today’s Healthcare Heroes
GE Healthcare is proud to unveil SIGNA Heroi, a new 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system named in honor of all the healthcare workers who continue caring for our global community amidst today’s COVID-19 pandemic. Offering new workflows and AIR Recon DL enhancements, SIGNA Hero is designed to help those on the frontlines meet today’s most pressing needsii. With better image quality, enhanced workflows, increased productivity, improved patient comfort and greater sustainability, SIGNA Hero aims to make challenging exams simpler, turning “difficult” to “routine.”
“True heroes are built for any challenge, and today’s healthcare workers have proven themselves true heroes,” says Jie Xue, president & CEO, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, GE Healthcare. “While the world’s healthcare heroes cared for patients on the frontlines, our GE Healthcare team kept working the background on cutting-edge technologies to help reduce the burden on clinicians and improve patient outcomes. The result is SIGNA Hero – a system dedicated to all those who always care for our global community.”
Healthcare systems – and radiology departments in particular – face more strain than ever. In the United States alone, the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have led to a 35 percent drop in MRI procedure volume in 2020 – from 42 million procedures in 2019 to an estimated 27.4 million in 2020iii. This backlog in non-urgent patient care, combined with today’s growing disease burden and industry-wide staff shortages demands new solutions to help clinicians manage today’s evolving needs.
To help address these challenges, GE Healthcare designed SIGNA Hero to help accommodate more patients of all shapes and sizes, offering a 70 cm bore and detachable table for enhanced patient comfort. Additionally, the system unlocks new clinical workflows for today’s healthcare heroes, leveraging artificial intelligence to improve the clarity of images while increasing operational efficiency. This includes AIR Recon DL, GE Healthcare’s pioneering deep learning image reconstruction technology that works across all anatomies and offers clinicians a 30-50 percent reduction in exam timesiv.