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The 10 biggest MR stories of 2020

Gus Iversen, Editor in Chief | December 23, 2020
From the November 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

GE Healthcare launches a 7T MR system
GE Healthcare unveiled its SIGNA 7T MR system at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) virtual meeting in August.

Equipped with ultra-high field magnet technology, the 60-cm bore scanner offers approximately five times more power than most clinical systems and is expected to enhance imaging for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as extremities.

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“The integration of the new MR platform into the SIGNA 7.0T system has resulted in outstanding image quality,” said Garry Gold, professor of radiology at Stanford University, in a statement. “Stanford has been working with GE at the 7.0T field strength for over 15 years and we expect this new platform to be transformative for the next generation of scientists, researchers and clinicians.”

The system is designed to detect subtle structures that may hold significant information for clinicians and researchers alike.

It incorporates UltraG gradient technology, GE’s most powerful, whole-body gradient coil for enabling ultra-high field imaging speed and resolution. It also has the familiarity of SIGNA Works applications platform, which provides clinicians with access to state-of-the art applications such as deep learning-based platform tools like AIR x brain for automated slice positioning and Silent MR imaging. Another feature is its Precision RF transmit and receive architecture, which improves image quality and research flexibility.

In November, SIGNA received FDA approval.

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