Overview

Amaze

See things way beyond your expectations.

The SIGNA Pioneer named for the many ways it is exploring and expanding what is possible in MR imaging, pioneering technology that creates scans sharper than you thought possible, for more patients per day than you considered possible with more comfort and less anxiety than your patients imagined possible.

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MAGiC

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MAGiC (Magnetic Resonance Image Compilation)

Imagine being able to scan one more patient per hour, every hour of every day1… that’s the MAGiC  behind the SIGNA Pioneer’s One and Done Imaging. 


For the first time ever in the industry, you can generate multiple image contrasts in a single MRI scan including T1, T2, STIR, T1 FLAIR, T2 FLAIR and PD weighted images of the brain in a single acquisition.

One scan that can do the work of many, with images acquired in as little as one-third the time to acquire separate sequences, fully integrated in a seamless workflow.



Complete flexibility for multiple contrast changes

You can change the contrast of the image by manipulating TR, TE and TI even after the scan is completed and the patient has exited the MR room. MAGiC processing will provide you any desired contrast paving the way to new diagnostic capabilities.

MAGiC even goes beyond standard MR weighted images by processing raw data into quantitative T1, T2 and PD tissue maps.

Productivity

SIGNA Pioneer is all about speed & efficiency

New 3.0T Design to maximize Return On Investment

Lower Cost to Site

Imagine siting a 3.0T system in a 1.5T siting space. SIGNA Pioneer is bringing 3.0T to places it has never been before. It has one of the smallest total siting footprint in the industry and is 25% smaller than conventional 3.0T systems.

Lower Cost to Operate

The SIGNA Pioneer is designed to use approximately 50% less power than conventional 3.0T wide bore designs through innovative ultra-high efficiency gradient technology. This means tremendous energy and operational cost savings while delivering high end 3.0T performance at the same time. 

Scan Easy (Auto Protocol Optimization)

Simple & automated workflow for breath-hold applications.

Reduce variance in image quality and improve your patient management capabilities in 2-clicks only.

Pioneering Technology

IMAGINE scans sharper than you thought possible

Total Digital Imaging (TDI) 

The SIGNA Pioneer offers startling advances in imaging starting with pioneering RF receiving technology called TDI, meaning greater clarity and increased SNR by up to 25%.

TDI is built on three fundamental components:

  • Smart digitization with GE’s Direct Digital Interface (DDI) which employs an independent analog-to-digital converter to digitize inputs from each of 97 RF channels, literally redefining the concept of an RF channel. Not only does DDI technology improve SNR, but it also works with legacy GE coils for unmatched flexibility.
  • Digital Surround Technology (DST) combines the superior SNR and sensitivity of the high-density surface coils with the superior homogeneity and deeper signal penetration of the integrated RF body coil allowing superior image quality in 3T challenging areas such as spine and body imaging.
  • Digital Micro Switching (DMS) technology revolutionizes the receive chain by replacing analog blocking circuits with intelligent Micro Electro-Mechanical Switches (MEMS), making ultra-fast coil switching times possible for further expansion of zero TE imaging capabilities.

Besides its unique and future-ready 97 RF channel technology, the SIGNA Pioneer uses a high-homogeneity 3.0T magnet that is designed for oncology excellence, a solid foundation for your long term investment and clinical capabilities. 

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MultiDrive: the key to a 3.0T system with outstanding versatility

As MR technology improves, new challenges continue to present themselves. For instance shading artifacts are more demanding at 3.0T than 1.5T, particularly with abdominal exams. Parallel RF transmit has been the game-changer in body imaging, turning challenging MR exams into a clinical routine - improving speed, consistency and SAR management. Pioneer embeds MultiDrive RF Transmit architecture to ensure consistently clear images and signal uniformity.


Unmatched Experience

ASTONISH … Designed to deliver an unmatched patient experience

With the SIGNA Pioneer, we’re pioneering a patient-centered design built on a new concept of higher patient comfort and lower patient anxiety.

Soothing Silence

With SilentSuite, which is both revolutionary and proprietary, the SIGNA Pioneer reduces dB levels from an ear-splitting, motorcycle-level 91dB to within 3dB of scan room ambient noise. Along with this dramatic advance comes the first-ever complete Silent Neuro Exam that includes Diffusion Weighted Imaging (DWI). In addition, we have expanded our Silent imaging capability beyond neuro imaging to musculoskeletal and spine imaging.

Breathe Easy 

With its free-breathing imaging applications and advanced motion correction software, SIGNA Pioneer will compensate for patient movement and allow complete free-breathing body imaging. This includes dynamic contrast enhanced MR imaging, improving dramatically patient experience but also image quality
in very challenging situations.

Rest Easy

The 70 cm wide bore design means more space and less anxiety. Not only is the bore wider, but so is the table. The SIGNA Pioneer’s Comfort Plus patient table even sits lower to the ground, making it easier for patients to get on and off. 

Non invasive procedures 

3D Arterial Spin Labeling (3D ASL) delivers quantitative perfusion assessment—without radiation or the need for injection. IDEAL IQ delivers whole liver 3D coverage in a single breath-hold. It provides a non-invasive, quantitative assessment of triglyceride fat content in the liver that can aid in diagnosing steatosis. Further, our Inhance Suite delivers a set of non-contrast angiography solutions.

Applications

Pioneering Applications

SilentSuite 

Delivers unique patient comfort features through imaging at the sound of Silenz (less than 3dB over ambient). SilentSuite now includes a full neuro exam (T1, T2 FLAIR, DWI, MRA) with less than 11 dBA above ambient noise and sequences covering from head to toe.  

DISCO 

MR as simple as CT
Whole liver volumetric imaging with 1.5 mm3 resolution in as little as 3 seconds. It is so fast you can generate multiple phases in a single breath-hold which helps ensure that the enhancement is always captured so that each scan is done right the first time. DISCO rapidly generates time-resolved 4D images to meet the challenge of dynamic contrast-enhanced imaging in prostate and breast. 

FOCUS 

Delivers a highly efficient method for increasing the resolution in Single Shot DW EPI sequences. Utilizing a multi-dimensional selective excitation, FOCUS supports small field of view imaging of specific organs with higher diagnostic quality, lower artifacts and faster exam times compared to conventional diffusion imaging.  

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Testimonials

Here's what our customers are saying about the SIGNA Pioneer:
Maçka EMAR
Istanbul, Turkey
"The need of endorectal coil is no longer a clinical concern for us. Both FOCUS and DISCO are playing a key role to help delineate and characterize even small pathologies."

   - Ismail Çerezci

Keio University Hospital
Tokyo, Japan
"SIGNA Pioneer Imaging with MAGiC generates the same image contrast as conventional imaging. This is changing the protocols for our studies. SilentScan is more than just noise reduction technology. Especially Silent MRA with zero-echo time provides a cleaner depiction of the vasculature."

   – Dr. Hirokazu Fujiwara

Keio University Hospital
Tokyo, Japan
"SIGNA Pioneer is excellent. All of us are satisfied with the performance of SIGNA Pioneer. Fat suppression seems to be very impressive with LAVA FLEX. Turbo LAVA FLEX contributes to shortening of the scan time from 20 seconds to 16 seconds. It has helped to improve the success rate of dynamic breath-holding studies in the upper abdomen."

   – Dr. Shigeo Okuda

Maçka EMAR
Istanbul, Turkey
"One word: “Robustness.” The 3.0T SIGNA Pioneer and dedicated breast applications are the best match to boost the clinical diagnosis in our institution. Fat-saturation failures in challenging prosthesis cases are behind us and part of our history."

   – Dr. Hulya Sezer

Seirei Hamamatsu
Japan
"SIGNA Pioneer is our 3rd 3.0T system and I am very impressed with the technology included in this system because the image quality it delivers exceeds my expectations. I am very pleased with the good uniformity and SNR performance of the system. The new RF technology is really making a difference. Also with the short scan times and echo times, we are able to achieve are similar to what I would expect in a system with much higher gradient specifications. The new gradient technology in the SIGNA Pioneer is exceptional."

   – Dr. Takayuki Masui

Maçka EMAR
Istanbul, Turkey
"The SIGNA Pioneer has dramatically improved the value that we deliver to our patients. New applications like MAGiC, SilentScan and FOCUS have significant impact on our routine diagnostic procedures."

   – Dr. Ismail Çerezci

Maçka EMAR
Istanbul, Turkey
"The SIGNA Pioneer with 16 channel Flex Coil Suite has dramatically improved our confidence while imaging challenging MSK exams. Now we are able to meet the needs of different patient anatomies and requirements."

   – Dr. Ismail Çerezci


Hear what our customers are saying about the SIGNA Pioneer