GE Healthcare features Cardiac CT innovations with High Definition and Low Dose imaging on World Heart Day 2010
On 26 September 2010 – 10 years after the first World Heart Day in September 2000 – the World Heart Federation and its members are celebrating progress in heart health. At this 10-year milestone, the World Heart Federation is urging governments, healthcare professionals, employers and individuals to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke.
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the world’s largest killers, claiming 17.1 million lives a year and approximately 4.3 million lives a year in Europe1. CVD affects people in their peak mid-life years, disrupting the future of the families dependent on them and undermining the development of nations by depriving them of workers in their most productive years2.
To address this challenge, high definition and low dose imaging are helping to improve cardiovascular patient care. To help physicians identify patients with little or no lesions, GE Healthcare’s innovative Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT) is a strong candidate, and can potentially help hospitals to become more efficient.
For better patient care – low dose Cardiac CT
GE Healthcare is sustaining its investments in low dose technology innovations. GE’s ASiRTM (Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction), is recognized as a new breakthrough reconstruction algorithm. This technique is in line with clinical consensus concerning the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) practice, which aims to limit the exposure of patients to x-rays to the bare minimum.
ASiR allows physicians to achieve up to 40% dose reduction in body scans and further helps to reduce dose for prospectively gated scans with GE’s SnapShotTM Pulse technology which had already proven a dose reduction up to 83% for heart scans, while simultaneously increasing the image quality.
“GE Healthcare’s ASiR allows us to make major strides in dose reduction. After protocol optimization, the dose can be reduced significantly while maintaining the same or even better image quality compared to previous protocols,” said Prof. C. Roobottom, University Plymouth, UK.
Knowing more – GE First in High Definition cardiovascular imaging
GE’s DiscoveryTM CT750 HD is the first high definition CT system that advances image quality through increased resolution, lower x-ray dose, and innovative cardiac analysis applications. These advances are possible due to a fundamental redesign of the entire image chain including the breakthrough Gemstone™ detector and High Definition reconstruction technology.
“High definition image quality improves the ability to visualize fine anatomical details, like seeing inside small sizes of stents,” said Didier Deltort, General Manager, GE Healthcare’s Computed Tomography (CT) Europe, Middle East & Africa. ”While image clarity is a key advance, clinicians also desire improved characterization confirming that ‘knowing more’ is about better information, not just more data or slices.”
1 British Heart Foundation. European Cardiovascular Disease Statistics, 2008 Edition
2 World Health Organization Web site, www.who.int/ncd/cvd
3 European Cardiovascular Disease Statistics. 2008 Edition, British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group