The new SIGNA Premier wide-bore 3.0T MRI system from GE Healthcare, Waukesha, Wis., is now available for sale in the United States. SIGNA Premier is the result of a four-year collaboration with the National Football League 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.

SIGNA Premier aims to deliver a new level of clinical performance with additional research-focused capabilities, especially for neurology and oncology research.

“We are thrilled to bring SIGNA Premier to clinicians,” says Eric Stahre, president and CEO of GE Healthcare MRI. “We believe that its advanced applications and breakthrough innovations will deliver research-focused clinical capabilities and wide-bore patient comfort. This new system will help clinicians push the boundaries of what’s possible with MR.”

SIGNA Premier features GE Healthcare’s latest, short-bore, high-homogeneity 3.0T superconductive magnet; the most powerful gradient system GE Healthcare has ever developed for a wide bore 3.0T system; and a new, digital RF transmit and receive architecture. Clinical and research applications benefit from this high-performance hardware, as well as machine learning software that includes cloud analytics. SIGNA Premier is powered by SuperG gradient technology.

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% of the population—including patients with extremely large heads and short necks—while preserving high signal-to-noise ratio and outstanding image quality. Additionally, SIGNA Premier can perform a routine fast brain examination in under 5 minutes by leveraging HyperSense, a new speed scanning tool.