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Mobile X-ray and Portable Ultrasound Impact Athlete Care at Tostitos BCS Championship

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In the most highly-anticipated and significant football game of the 2010 college football season, GE Healthcare was there assisting healthcare providers deliver the best care possible to athletes.

GE Healthcare technologies were front and center Monday, Jan 10 at the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game-boosting athlete care unlike ever before in a college football game.

GE mobile, digital X-ray and portable ultrasounds were behind the scenes at the University of Phoenix stadium providing scans of injuries that occurred leading up to and during the game.

The Definium AMX 700 – a clinically robust X-ray unit capable of delivering the image quality of a stationary system in a small, agile unit – was used on four different athletes during and after the championship game for elbow, ankle, finger and back injuries.

The GE system acquired high-resolution digital images in just seconds, providing Hirsch Handmaker, lead physician for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) subcommittee of the Fiesta Bowl Operations committee, and his EMS team outstanding, instant clinical information to share with team physicians on the health of a player.

“This equipment allows us to get immediate results for players that are injured, said Patrick Anderson, radiology technologist for the Tostitos BCS championship game.

“The physicians are able to evaluate on the spot and give the players immediate results and determine if they can go back on the field soon or get them treatment should they need it.”

In addition to mobile X-ray, Vscan, a handheld ultrasound device, was available in case there were any cardiac injuries or concerns. The LOGIQ e, which has shown dramatically increased use in musculoskeletal applications for real-time evaluation of joint and soft tissue disorders, was also ready for use at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

The high-tech equipment is part of a collaboration that put the imaging technologies to use at three college bowl games this season: the Insight Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, and last night’s championship game. This marked the first time compact ultrasound technology was available on site at a BCS Bowl game.

While these medical imaging innovations have been used on the global sports stage, including during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, medical imaging technologies are becoming increasingly used across a variety of sports, with more implementation expected in coming years.

“Over the past five years, GE’s portable X-ray and ultrasound systems have been adopted more and more in the sports medicine field,” said Omar Ishrak, President and CEO of GE Healthcare Systems. “The flexibility of these innovations combined with outstanding clinical capabilities gives physicians the tools necessary to help diagnose and treat injuries at the point of care with a high levelof accuracy and efficiency, allowing the teams to make better decisions regarding the athlete's playing status.”

In the most highly-anticipated and significant football game of the 2010 college football season, GE Healthcare was there assisting healthcare providers deliver the best care possible to athletes.