SIGNA Architect

SIGNA™ Architect 3.0T, the most advanced and intuitive engineering in MR technology from GE Healthcare. Fueled by our new SIGNA™Works productivity pla...

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The potential for MR is now even more astonishing. Introducing SIGNA™ Architect 3.0T, the most advanced and intuitive engineering in MR technology from GE Healthcare. Fueled by our new SIGNA™Works productivity platform, the SIGNA Architect is a harmonious design of form and function. And the SIGNA Architect’s cutting-edge platform makes it the most versatile, adaptable, and powerful system available from GE to date, so you can make the unimaginable the expected.




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SIGNA Architect: Unleash Clear Advances with Clear Advantages SIGNA™ Architect’s cutting-edge platform makes it the most versatile, adaptable and powerful system available from GE Healthcare to date. Now, feet-first, whole-body coverage is made easy. Dynamic yet insightful, the SIGNA Architect is MR built to work for you, not the other way around. GEHEALTHCARE.COM/MR



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Figure 1. Cube DIR 1.4 x 1.4 x 1.4 mm

A total digital win SIGNA Architect is a platform designed for productivity. It takes conventional RF architecture and utilizes miniaturized electronics to improve fidelity of the received RF chain from more elements than previously

Eastern Division, RadNet, Inc. “It is the

reconstruction elements. It delivers

type of scanner we want at our centers

enhanced productivity gains by

of excellence where we provide the

increasing image reconstruction speed

full gamut of basic and advanced MR

and minimizing workflow disruptions

imaging. We like the idea that there

to support the most demanding

are no limits on the type of advanced

applications such as HyperSense.

applications we might want to perform.”

possible. With Total Digital Imaging

Consistent, high-quality 3.0T imaging

Elevate MR performance

(TDI), SIGNA Architect provides a

is the rule, not the exception. GE

The new SIGNA™Works productivity

true digitized 128-channel RF chain

Healthcare’s latest B1 uniformity

platform redefines productivity

to eliminate unnecessary noise and

correction, reFINE, improves RF pulse

across the breadth of core imaging

improve SNR. A full 50 x 50 x 50 cm

efficiency for clearer, crisper signals

techniques. SIGNA Architect supports

FOV in a 70 cm wide bore delivers

no matter the patient’s position or

ImageWorks, ViosWorks, HyperWorks,

phenomenal homogeneity that

composition. deFINE enhances the

and SilentWorks (see SIGNA™Works

facilitates image off-center anatomy

image appearance with integrated,

page 38).

such as shoulders and hips.

inline optimized settings that can be

“SIGNA Architect is a high-end 3.0T that leaves no applications off the table. It

generated for each individual sequence or for the entire exam.

“MAGiC is a revolutionary technology that allows the acquisition of multi contrasts in a single scan,” Dr.

makes no compromises and provides

GE Healthcare’s latest reconstruction

Tanenbaum adds. “There are obvious

a wide range of advanced applications

platform, Orchestra, improves

benefits in patient comfort and it

that will appeal to the most progressive,

processing speed of channel count

should also reduce the amount of

advanced users and academic centers,”

acquisitions to enable new possibilities

patient motion in routine scans as

says Lawrence Tanenbaum, MD, FACR,

for the integration of advanced

Vice President and Medical Director,




Figure 3. Navigated Turbo LAVA Free Breathing Dynamic Liver 1.9 x 2 x 4 mm :20 sec/phase

well as help reduce exam repeat rates.

table to position patients while the

MAGiC will play a role in the day-to-day

detachable egress helps you quickly

imaging practice, as well as capture the

move patients from the MR suite.

imagination in the areas of quantitative imaging that can facilitate diagnosis in clinical care.” Figure 2. QuickStep MRA

the TDI 48-channel Head Coil§ delivers phenomenal performance for every

SIGNA Architect’s eXpress dockable

patient. A fit-adaptable design

table delivers feet-first or head-first

addresses 99.99% of the population—

imaging for a quicker, more pleasant,

including extremely large heads

and targeted exam. Improved

and short necks—while preserving

spine image quality provides better

the highest SNR and supporting

penetration and uniformity with

advanced imaging capabilities such

improved RF performance. Keep

as HyperWorks technologies. The TDI

patient satisfaction high with the

48-channel Head Coil also includes

most comfortable memory foam

advanced features such as video

surface available to alleviate pressure

goggles for patient comfort and fMRI

points. And, with IntelliTouch patient

studies, plus an industry-leading EEG-

positioning, just touch the edge of the

compatible design.

Lawrence Tanenbaum, MD, FACR,

§The TDI 48-channel head coil is 510(k) pending at US FDA. Not available for sale in the United States. Not CE-marked. Not for sale in all regions.

is the Vice President and Medical Director, East Division of RadNet, Inc.


Introduced with the SIGNA Architect,

‡The 16-channel T/R wrist coil is 510(k) pending at US FDA. Not available for sale in the United States. Not CE-marked. Not for sale in all regions.



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Figure 4. 3D MRCP 1.4 x 1.4 x 1.2 mm

A revolutionary advance in RF coil design by replacing analog blocking circuits with intelligent Micro ElectroMechanical Switches (MEMS) supports ultrafast coil switching times for further expansion of zero TE imaging capabilities and reduced power consumption. SIGNA Architect is prepared for Digital Surround Technology, which combines signals from every coil element. The

Figure 5. Total spine imaging

exceptional SNR and sensitivity of the high-density surface coils are combined with the superior homogeneity and deeper signal penetration of the integrated RF body coil, resulting in richer spine and body image quality that’s up to 25% better. Improved parallel imaging for MSK is made possible with new high-channel count

coils including the 18-channel T/R knee,

exams with shorter scan times,”

16-channel T/R wrist , and 16-channel

Dr. Tanenbaum says.

shoulder coils.

Through the GE Continuum™, existing

“The latest generation of high-density coils should help guide us to new

Discovery™ MR750w customers can upgrade to SIGNA Architect to energize

heights in spatial resolution, as well

their MR imaging service in as little as

as give us more patient-focused

5 days.

Lawrence Tanenbaum, MD, FACR, is the Vice President and Medical Director East Region – Director of CT, MR and Advanced Imaging of RadNet, Inc. Dr. Tanenbaum is a senior member of the American Society of Neuroradiology and a long term member of RSNA as well as the Roster of Distinguished Scientific Advisors of the RSNA. He is also a member of the editorial boards of several journals and educational organizations and a regular reviewer for several scientific journals. RadNet is a national leader in outpatient imaging. Backed by 30 years of experience, the organization delivers high-quality, cost-effective solutions for all 290+ centers in its network. Founded in 1984, RadNet has over 290 locations with more than 500 radiologists and approximately 7,300 employees, making it one of the largest in the country. Regional networks are located in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, California, Florida, and Rhode Island.