GE Healthcare’s MAGiC, which stands for magnetic resonance image compilation, has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA. Providing the industry’s first multi-contrast MR technique, the system provides clinicians with more data than conventional scanning in a much shorter period of time. Users can manipulate MR images retrospectively, and that can lead to substantial time-savings, a reduction in rescans, and an increase in cost savings.

Such features mean that clinicians will be able to make more decisive diagnoses, GE officials say.

With MAGiC, clinicians can modify image contrast after scans have been completed, a benefit that’s not possible with conventional imaging. Additionally, the system allows radiologists to view multiple different contrasts acquired from a single scan.

“MAGiC simultaneously provides a new level of protocol efficiency and tissue characterization,” says Howard Rowley, MD, professor of radiology, neurology, and neurosurgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and president of the American Society of Neuroradiology. “The flexibility to post-process a wide variety of key image families with different tissue contrasts from a single acquisition is groundbreaking. This will be a major advance for fast brain protocols and patient comfort due to the reduced scan time.”

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