Leading Edge MRI Machine Means Quicker Diagnosis and Reduced Wait Times for Humber Community

August 9, 2018
Humber River Hospital SIGNA Artist

Purchasing the SIGNA Artist MRI demonstrates the Volunteer Association’s leadership and commitment to our Hospital community.

Thanks to the incredible hard work of the Volunteer Association, Humber River Hospital has purchased a new MRI machine – GE Healthcare’s SIGNA Artist, allowing Humber to accommodate an additional 6,000 patients annually!

SIGNA Artist is the most versatile, adaptable, and powerful MRI technology available today. With it, the Medical Imaging team at Humber will be able to produce sharper scans, faster. That means quicker diagnosis, swifter patient flow, enhanced comfort, and reduced wait times overall.

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the average wait time for an MRI scan is 130 – 140 days in Ontario, and patient volumes have increased 30% since 2012.

This initiative is just one of many projects that demonstrates the Volunteer Association’s leadership and commitment to our Hospital community, and their strong belief in the positive impact of this project. This team continues to bring humanity, comfort, and assistance to all who need it.

Signa Artist MRI GE Healthcare

The SIGNA Artist MRI features a larger opening, soft lighting, soothing fans, and a wide memory foam table.

The Volunteer Association at Humber River Hospital is leading the way with a donation of $1.3 million but we need your support to help us establish the infrastructure needed in the Hospital to properly expand and operate our MRI program well into the future. Our $2 million investment in the new MRI program will help us provide GTA patients with superior medical imaging, faster than ever before. Without it, we’re sure to see wait times rise—year after year. Click here to donate.

Designed for Improved Patient Comfort

The SIGNA Artist MRI is designed to improve patient comfort. For example:

  • It features a larger opening, soft lighting and soothing fans to lessen the “claustrophobic” feeling common to some other MRI units.
  • It also has a wider table laid with comfortable memory foam which is not only more comfortable for patients, but will enable easier patient positioning.
  • Redesigned shoulder and knee coils offer more flexibility for our patients undergoing often-challenging joint scans, while delivering consistent, motion-free images.

Advanced Software Delivers Faster, Higher Quality Images

Our new MRI is powered by the SIGNA Works productivity platform, an extensive set of high-quality, highly efficient imaging capabilities. It also takes advantage of Total Digital Imaging, which advances diagnostics and speeds throughput.


Advanced software enables technologists to produce multiple different brain images in 5 minutes—one-third of the time traditionally required.

The revolutionary MAGiC application enables technologists to produce multiple different brain images from a single, five-minute neurological scan—one-third of the time traditionally required. This unique capability will provide enhanced clinical flexibility while making more time available for advanced imaging.