As the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) launches its “Imaging Forward” campaign highlighting the life-saving and history-shaping innovations of medical imaging technologies, GE Healthcare takes a look back, and forward, to see the growing value of imaging. For patients, for clinicians, and for the economy.
The value of medical imaging is clear. Physicians use medical imaging every day to better detect, diagnose, monitor and treat a variety of life-threatening conditions and diseases, without the need for invasive procedures. Medical imaging technologies – including GE Healthcare Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Ultrasound – empower healthcare providers and impact patient lives every day.
Medical imaging also helps lower overall healthcare costs by eliminating unnecessary procedures and connecting patients with the right scan at the right time. Experts point to healthcare systems using medical imaging to improve efficiency and reduce costs – with Harvard researchers finding that every $385 spent on medical imaging decreases hospital stays by one day on average and saves around $3,000 per patient.
Studies have also shown that medical imaging contributes to 300,000 jobs across the US – including more than 6,000 GE Healthcare jobs and an additional 14,500 related jobs in the State of Wisconsin alone.
“Medical imaging has transformed the way we approach health care over the past several decades,” said Marcelo Mosci, president and CEO for GE Healthcare, US and Canada. “With the launch of MITA’s Imaging Forward efforts, we’re shining a much-deserved spotlight on innovative technologies that help patients, clinicians and the economy as a whole.”
”Thomas Edison first worked on improving X-rays more than 115 years ago, with GE recognizing that medical X-rays would have “value in cancer research” as early as 1948. Since then, GE has been introducing innovation after innovation in medical imaging – including one of the world’s first 1.5 Tesla MRI in the 1980s, the world’s first digital mammography scanner in 1999, the world’s first full model-based iterative reconstruction technique for low dose CT imaging in 2011, and the most commonly used Ultrasound system in the world today.
GE Healthcare imaging technologies were even chosen to serve the world’s best athletes in the Polyclinic at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
The future of imaging is bright and always developing – helping improve care quality, affordability and access for patients. For instance, GE Healthcare’s new Mammography Sensory Suite and wide bore MRI systems make medical imaging more comfortable for patients while providing quality images to physicians.
MITA’s Imaging Forward efforts showcase the dramatic progress made in medical imaging over recent decades and highlight the next wave of imaging technologies in the US and beyond. Imaging Forward will also show how further reimbursement cuts to medical imaging from the US Congress and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would impede access to life-saving medical imaging, impact American jobs and industry R&D, and undercut the benefits of early detection and treatment for patients.
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