New cardiovascular imaging system introduced by GE Healthcare
2 June 2005
Paris, France. GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE:
GE), has introduced the Innova(R) 2100IQ, a new cardiovascular imaging
system that will enhance clinicians' ability to diagnose and treat heart
disease and enable more precise placement of interventional devices such as
stents, balloons and filters.
The Innova(R) 2100IQ was unveiled in May at the Paris Course on
Revascularization (PCR) annual meeting in Paris. It is capable of imaging
the finest vessels and anatomy of the heart during placement of
interventional devices. The new system is expected to play a critical role
in helping clinicians treat a growing number of chronic heart and vascular
conditions including atherosclerosis, a build-up of plaque that affects
blood flow in arteries.
According to the American Heart Association, atherosclerosis causes
hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and strokes each year and accounts
for nearly three-fourths of all U.S. deaths from cardiovascular disease.
"GE is dedicated to developing innovative technologies that improve the
entire patient experience, from early and more accurate diagnosis to better
treatment and management of diseases like atherosclerosis," said Laura King,
Vice President of Global Interventional, Cardiology and Surgery for GE
Healthcare. "The Innova 2100IQ sets a new standard in cardiac image quality
and enables cardiologists to visualize human vasculature more clearly than
The Innova 2100IQ is a state-of-the-art cardiac X-ray system that enables
cardiologists to clearly visualize fine vessels from the heart to the legs
both during diagnostic procedures and during placement of interventional
devices. Developed in partnership with a team of industry-leading
interventional cardiologists, GE designed the Innova 2100IQ based on current
clinical needs in the cardiac Cath Lab.
"One of the biggest challenges in interventional cardiology today is
clearly visualizing the finest vessels and intricate anatomy of the human
heart", said Stanley Katz, M.D., Chief of Cardiology at North Shore
University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. "The Innova 2100IQ addresses this
challenge by providing enhanced image quality, which enables cardiologists
to more precisely perform lifesaving operations on patients with heart
With more than 1,200 Innova-family systems installed worldwide, more
physicians rely on GE's Innova systems to help them diagnose and treat
cardiovascular disease than any other all-digital flat panel system.
"We've completed more than two dozen clinical studies which demonstrate
Innova's superior image quality," said King. "No other company offers a
product like the Innova."