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HealthTech Review Dec, 4 2012

GE Healthcare and PDC expand offering of GE Caring MR Suite for Extremity Optima 430s MR scanner

GE Healthcare introduced an expansion of the line of Caring Magnetic Resonance (MR) Suites, built by PDC, that now includes designs specific to GE’s Extremity Optima 430s MR scanner. The Caring MR Suites reflect GE MR’s award-winning themes of its wide bore MR family, and include the ‘caring hands’ design philosophy featuring lighting, interior décor, scenery and music. Patients can choose a theme from 16 artfully selected combinations of mood-lighting, visual scenery, and musical backgrounds before they undergo an MR exam. This gives them control over their environment, and allows them to calm down. The Caring MR Suite was successfully introduced at last year’s RSNA with GE MR’s wide bore Discovery”  MR750w and Optima”  MR450w systems.

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GE Healthcare Introduces new CT portfolio that enhances Cardiac, Emergency and Spectral CT applications

At RSNA 2012, GE Healthcare focused attention on its next-generation products and solutions in computed tomography and Advantage Workstation with the announcement of three scanners now available – the Optima* CT660 FREEdom Edition, the Optima* CT540, and the Discovery* CT750 HD FREEdom Edition. This further represents more than $800 million of investment over 15 years. GE Healthcare’s innovative technologies continue to help redefine “low dose” with novel dose-reporting solutions, unique image reconstruction techniques, far-reaching Dose Check upgrades, online courses, and a new informational website, which together help physicians provide patients with unparalleled dose-conscious care.

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University of Wisconsin to License their Clinically Developed, Dose-optimized CT Scan Protocols to GE Healthcare

At RSNA 2012, GE Healthcare continued to lead the way in dose-reduction offerings with the announcement of a first-of-its-kind agreement with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health with the purpose of providing physicians with more tools to optimize radiation dose, take clinically-useful images, and potentially reduce the frequency of repeat Computed Tomography (CT) scans. Clinical professionals at the School of Medicine and Public Health, a recognized leader in lower-dose CT imaging, will develop a suite of protocols, which will be regularly updated and improved, and GE Healthcare will make them available, along with GE Healthcare reference protocols, to better serve its customers. GE Healthcare and the University of Wisconsin also plan to make these protocols available to users of many of GE Healthcare’s current CT systems.

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GE Healthcare Showcases Discovery IGS 730, the Next Generation of Interventional Imaging, at RSNA 2012

GE Healthcare showcased the use of its groundbreaking Discovery IGS 730 system for hybrid Operating Rooms (OR) and imaging departments at RSNA 2012 in Chicago. The hybrid operating room, or hybrid OR, represents a growing trend in the healthcare industry as it allows both open surgery and catheter-based imaging therapies to take place in the same operating room. The hybrid OR enables multiple physicians (surgeons, interventionalists, nurses, anesthesiologists, and technicians) to perform a new spectrum of minimally invasive therapies such as complex EVAR and TAVI with the goal of ultimately enabling better patient care.

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GE Healthcare Introduces two new MR systems: Optima MR360 Advance and Brivo MR355 Inspire

GE Healthcare introduced two new 1.5T MR systems – the Optima MR360 Advance* and Brivo”  MR355 Inspire*, that both are intended to address the demand for increased patient comfort, increased productivity, and reduced total cost of ownership under the GE guiding principle of Humanizing MR.

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GE Healthcare Redefines Comfort, Confidence and Connectivity in Radiology

GE Healthcare unveiled four medical technologies that will change the way radiology works today and evolves in the future. First, taking an industry-leading step toward more comfortable Magnetic Resonance (MR) patient exams, GE Healthcare’s 510(k) pending Silent Scan* technology reduces the typical noise made during MR exams from a cymbal to a thimble, cutting overall system noise to near ambient levels. Second, GE Healthcare’s Universal Viewer solution improves radiologists’ connectivity and workflow like never before – integrating more types of imaging systems into an intuitive, robust platform that can have a significant impact on productivity. Third, GE Healthcare’s acquisition of a unique breast ultrasound technology positions the company with the widest portfolio of breast cancer imaging solutions in the world, and as the only company offering breast cancer diagnosis and screening capabilities via ultrasound in the United States. . Finally, InSightec Ltd. is proud to announce US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the ExAblate MRI guided focused ultrasound treatment of painful bone metastases in patients who are not candidates for or refuse to undergo radiation treatment.

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InSightec Receives FDA Approval for Bone Pain Ultrasound Therapy

InSightec Ltd. is proud to announce US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the ExAblate MRI guided focused ultrasound for treatment of painful bone metastases in patients who are not candidates for or refuse to undergo radiation treatment. This is the second FDA approval for ExAblate, which received FDA approval in 2004 as a non-invasive, outpatient therapy for uterine fibroids. GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE) is a minority shareholder of Insightec Ltd and is a distributor of ExAblate in many countries around the world.

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GE Healthcare’s Universal Viewer Enhances Centricity PACS, Centricity PACS-IW and Centricity Clinical Archive

With the introduction of Universal Viewer, GE Healthcare aims to put clinical insight within reach to help radiologists and referring physicians deliver patient results efficiently. Universal Viewer brings together advanced visualization, intelligent productivity tools, and multimodality workflow for oncology and breast imaging all within one intuitive workspace that can be accessed anywhere, anytime. It works with Centricity* PACS, Centricity PACS-IW, and Centricity Clinical Archive.

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GE Healthcare’s SensorySuite Aimed at Reinventing Mammography Experience

GE Healthcare announced the commercial availability of its SensorySuite for mammography. Designed to divert a woman’s attention away from the discomfort, anxiety and intimidation associated with mammography screenings, the SensorySuite helps improve patients experience by providing a customized environment involving sight, smell and hearing during a mammography examination.

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GE Healthcare Revolutionizes the MR Patient Scanning Experience with Silent Scan

GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) introduced the 510(k) pending Silent Scan*, a revolutionary technology designed to address one of the most significant impediments to patient comfort – excessive acoustic noise generated during an MR scan. Conventional MR scanners can generate noise in excess of 110 dBA (decibels) levels, roughly equivalent to rock concerts and requires ear protection. GE’s exclusive Silent Scan technology is designed to reduce MR scanner noise to near ambient (background) sound levels and thus can improve a patient’s MR exam experience.

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