SIGNA PET/MR 3.0T Cl II GE Healthcare

Company: GE Healthcare.
Date of Enforcement Report 11/18/2015
Class lI:


GE Healthcare, SIGNA PET/MR 3.0T. Product Usage: The SIGNA PET/MR system combines magnetic resonance diagnostic devices (MRDD) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanners that provide registration and fusion of high-resolution physiologic and anatomic information, acquired simultaneously and isocentrically. The combined system maintains independent functionality of the MR and PET devices, allowing for single modality MR and / or PET imaging. These systems are intended to be utilized by appropriately trained health care professionals to aid in the detection, localization, and diagnosis of diseases and disorders. The MR is intended to produce transverse, sagittal, coronal and oblique cross-sectional MR images, spectroscopic images and/or spectra, and displays the internal structure and/or function of the human body. Other physical parameters derived from the images and/or spectra may also be produced. Depending on the region of interest, approved contrast agents may be used, as described in their labeling. This system may also be used for imaging during interventional procedures when performed with MR compatible devices, such as MR safe biopsy needles. The PET images and measures the distribution of PET radiopharmaceuticals in humans to aid the physician in determining various metabolic (molecular) and physiologic functions within the human body for evaluation of diseases and disorders such as, but not limited to, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders and cancer. The combined system utilizes the MR for radiation-free attenuation correction maps for PET studies. The system provides inherent anatomical reference for the fused PET and MR images due to precisely aligned MR and PET image coordinate systems.
Recall Number Z-0260-2016

When performing head or neck scans, the currently displayed SAR values could be lower than the actual SAR in the head as predicted by SAR modeling. The predicted HEAD SAR value from the modeling suggests the actual SAR in the head could exceed IEC60601-2-33 limit of 3.2 W/kg for some scans.

GE Healthcare, Waukesha, WI. on 8/31/2015. Voluntary: Firm Initiated recall is ongoing.


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