GE Healthcare focuses on Healthymagination products at RSNA 2009
4 December 2009
At RSNA2009 in Chicago this week GE Healthcare is displaying
products under its healthymagination intitiative — its new commitment to
healthcare and to those professionals who deliver it. It’s an ongoing,
sustainable initiative where innovative technologies help doctors help
their patients live longer, healthier, happier lives by lowering costs,
touching more lives and improving quality.
New Healthymagination ultrasound products
- New Product: Venue 40, the first product in GE’s new Venue
miniaturized ultrasound product line, is also is the first new
product validated under GE’s healthymagination initiative –
dedicated to improving the quality, access and cost of healthcare.
An intuitive touch screen interface makes Venue 40 easy to use and
clean, especially for immediate care decisions, or to guide
procedures in Interventional Radiology.
- Breakthrough: The LOGIQ E9 general imaging ultrasound
system expands its capabilities with new transducers and software
enhancements to provide improved image quality and productivity to
pediatric, vascular and cardiac imaging.
- Breakthrough: The new features of the LOGIQ P6 general
imaging system include enhancements to help improve image quality,
workflow and sonographer comfort. Real-time 4D has also been
optimized to an improved performance level.
- Breakthrough: Voluson E8 includes innovative features to
help improve workflow efficiencies, outstanding image quality,
increased automation and improved speed for advanced imaging
- Breakthrough: Features to help increase efficiency and
quality for practices of all sizes were introduced for the ViewPoint
Ultrasound Reporting and Image Management solution. Highlights
include updates in vascular reporting and thyroid reporting.
Changing the Face of MR: healthymagination introduces new
products and innovations
- MR-Touch: a visual palpation device that uses low
frequency mechanical sound waves in combination with MRI to measure
tissue elasticity. Based on technology invented at Mayo Clinic
(Rochester, MN), MR-Touch extends the principles of physical
palpation with a precise, non-invasive, cost-effective way to
visually evaluate tissue stiffness in patients as risk for
developing liver disease. MR-Touch is a certified healthymagination
product that has been third-party validated to reduce costs, improve
access to healthcare technologies and improve quality.
- Optima MR360 1.5T: a new MR system that’s designed to
combine value and versatility. Packed with advanced MR applications
like breast imaging and fMRI, the Optima MR360 is engineered to
deliver easy-to-use features to match the needs of today’s
radiologist without the hefty price tag. The Optima MR 360 is 510(k)
pending at FDA. It is not available for sale in the United States.
- Optima MR450w 1.5T: the 70-centimeter system that
overcomes the traditional challenges of wide-bore scanning. While
some have surrendered to the notion that 70 centimeters means a
sacrifice in image quality, the Optima MR450w is wide bore done
- ONI MSK Extreme 1.5T and 1.0T: revolutionizing extremity
imaging. These systems are dedicated solely for extremity imaging,
meaning patients can enjoy truly outside the bore scanning, while
facilities can benefit from a cost-effective solution to MSK imaging
that doesn’t require a traditional whole-body scanner.
- Advanced applications: spanning new innovations in neuro,
MSK, body, breast, vascular, cardiac and post-processing – ensure
existing and new systems stay cutting edge and advance MR.
- New coils: including 32-channel torso, cardiac and head,
ensure uncompromised imaging that are dedicated and anatomically
optimized for the best image quality.
New innovations in CT
- Gemstone Spectral Imaging (GSI) for CT: GSI is a
dual-energy CT imaging solution that uses two nearly simultaneous
scans (view to view) at two different energy levels to generate
invaluable material characterization information. As an option for
GE’s premium Discovery™ CT750 system, GSI technology enables
extremely high sampling rates for superior high/low energy
registration with single-source architecture. It allows clinicians
to clearly and confidently interpret their findings and issue
diagnoses to improve patient care.
- Collaboration with Veran Medical Technologies for
interventional navigation: A collaboration with Veran Medical
Technologies, Inc., has resulted in the validation of compatibility
between Veran navigation systems and GE Innova imaging systems. GE’s
imaging system acquires the patient images and exports them to the
Veran system in the same room, during the same interventional
procedure. The clinician will see the Innova CT image of the
patient’s anatomy along with a virtual needle over the anatomy to be
used for navigation during the procedure to help speed procedures to
improve access while enhancing quality of care.
- Trial to validate the clinical efficacy of Model Based
Iterative Reconstruction (MBIR): GE is sponsoring a multi-center
trial to validate the clinical efficacy of MBIR as a method to
maintain or improve diagnostic information available to clinicians
while dramatically lowering radiation dose in routine CT imaging.
This trial will use the company’s breakthrough Discovery CT750 HD
system, and demonstrates GE’s efforts to advance the standard of
care with non-invasive lower dose CT imaging technology. MBIR offers
the potential for another leap in resolution and the opportunity to
reduce patient dose, even below the levels of today’s CT scanners.
- Advanced Applications on Discovery XR640: Advanced
applications offered on the Discovery XR640, including Dual Energy
Subtraction, VolumeRAD (digital tomography) and Auto Image Paste
have changed the ways GE customers think about X-ray and how to best
use the technology with their patient populations.
- Dual Energy Subtraction: Separates soft tissue from
bone information, enabling improved detection and
characterization of nodules masses and bone lesions.
- VolumeRAD: Provides multiple high-resolution slice
images in a single sweep, removing overlying structures, and
reconstructs the image similarly to a CT.
- Convergence of therapeutics and diagnostics in molecular
medicine: GE Healthcare simplifies the complexity of radiopharmacy
infrastructure into ONE touch-point solution going beyond equipment
technology. Expanding upon TRACERcenter-GMP’s platform of
state-of-the-art instrumentation, comprehensive documentation and
GMP training and consulting services, GE now offers ONE complete
service platform, ONE single point of contact with world-wide
coverage. With the support of GE Healthcare, the new Quality
Assurance and Licensing Packages enable PET tracer production
centers to meet GMP guidelines for successful application of
- Enhanced application suite for Discovery PET/CT 600; new
Discovery PET/CT 690: All of the Discovery PET/CT 600 series
products incorporate industry-leading, MotionFree imaging
technologies into the clinical workflow. The system allows
clinicians and researchers to align PET and CT gated images to
compensate for movement in all regions of the body, most importantly
those regions subject to respiration motion. The GE Healthcare booth
at RSNA 2009 will be the first public showing of the Discovery
PET/CT 690 with BrightSpeed Elite CT, providing advanced scan
capabilities, further enhancing imaging quality and diagnostic
confidence. GE's industry leading MotionFree imaging technology on
the Discovery PET/CT 690 is integrated with VUE Point FX, an
advanced high-definition reconstruction technique. Combined, these
technologies have the potential to improve small lesion detection,
image quality, and better therapy response monitoring.
- New hybrid imaging platform combines CT, SPECT and nuclear
medicine detector: The new Discovery NM/CT 670 is a hybrid-imaging
platform designed to improve workflow, dose management, and overall
image quality. The system combines GE Healthcare’s BrightSpeed
Elite16 slice CT, a newly designed SPECT gantry for greater
positional flexibility, and the latest advancements in Nuclear
Medicine detectors. This innovative system can dramatically reduce
scan time of bone imaging protocols, 3D SPECT and CT attenuation
correction/localization to shorten acquisition times, improve dose
management, and enable more convenient patient scheduling. The
Discovery NM/CT 670 is 510(k) pending at FDA. It is not available
for sale in the United States.
- Introducing Senographe Essential e; 3 mega-pixel monitor:
GE Healthcare introduces the Senographe Essential e mammography
system and the 3 mega pixel (MPX) monitor as expansions of their
mammography portfolio. The new Senographe Essential e is equipped
with technology that allows clinicians to meet their specific
technology and workflow needs, with the ability to add
interventional capabilities where needed. With the 3mpx monitor,
technologists and radiologists are able to have a clearer vision of
the breast image through technology that helps refine and define the
breast tissue and can eliminate retakes.
- More than 2,300 OEC mobile C-arm fluoroscopic imaging
systems delivered: More than 2,300 units of the OEC® 9900 Elite
C-arm mobile fluoroscopic imaging systems have been shipped to
customers in the U.S. over the past 18-month period. The shipment
dates extend from June 1, 2008 through October 3, 2009, with normal
shipments generally ranging from 1,500 to 1,700 units. Nearly three
years ago, the future of GE’s Surgery business unit was in jeopardy
as a consent decree with the FDA prohibited the business from
manufacturing or distributing OEC surgical equipment to customers
until quality system processes were improved to meet FDA standards.
Remarkably, hundreds of OEC C-arm customers who wanted an OEC C-arm
made the decision to wait.
Image-guided interventional care innovations
- Interventional Visualization: VolumeShare™ 4
multi-modality volume view software is an option for the
multi-modality, image review Advantage Workstation™. VolumeShare 4
integrates 3D images from Innova® 3D, Innova CT as well as CT, MR,
Pet and PET/CT datasets to enable a number of new interventional
visualization functions that are targeted to image-guided
interventional therapy. Processing, integration and image overlay
are achieved with a single workstation, with a single, convenient
user interface, helping to shorten procedure time and improving
access to image-guided interventional care.