Interventional Imaging / Rediscovering space and movement
In the field of interventional imaging, GE Healthcare’s Discovery IGS 730 is a new system providing versatility and advanced imaging. The Discovery IGS 730 was designed to address the trade-off departments have historically needed to make between ceiling-and floor-mounted systems, eliminating the need to compromise on patient access and image quality. It is neither floor- nor ceiling-mounted, but enables full patient access without the need to suspend the system above the patient. It has the mobility of a C-arm with the power and image quality of a fixed system. This laser-guided, motorized mobile gantry creates an interventional environment without boundaries. It allows complete access to the patient and unlimited parking capability. The unique gantry comes with a new wide bore design, which allows for steep angles, ease in 3D acquisition, especially for large patients. First installation globally; France; more installations are planned in the US this year.
SensorySuite / Breast Care
GE Healthcare’s SensorySuite showcased at RSNA 2012, puts the woman at the center of the clinical setting by engaging her in the breast screening process with an interactive experience that stimulates three of her senses – sight, smell, and hearing. The objective is to help distract her from the actual mammography examination perceived as uncomfortable, painful, unnerving, and intimidating. Less than 70% of American women aged 40 and older have had a mammogram in the last two years**… One fourth of all women avoid mammograms out of worry or fear *. A critical factor with this solution is how the woman, prior to the examination, is able to choose the room ambience allowing for a sense of control. The actual ‘choice’ can lead to reduced anxiety, increased comfort levels, and in the long run, we hope higher attendance rates for routine check-ups. Early screening is critical in disease management and by focusing on the woman, GE Healthcare has re-invented the experience and addressed many of the reasons why women avoid mammography.
*Two distinct groups of non-attenders in an organized mammography screening program. Arga R Aro, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 70:145-153, 2001
**According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
GE’s mobile X-Ray product line enables excellence at the point of care. Featuring analog, digital-ready and fully digital systems compatible with GE’s FlashPad* wireless detector, radiographic exams can be performed when it is not safe or practical to move the patient to a regular radiographic room. Improving on the revolutionary AMX* family of products, it brings reliability, extended battery life, a smallfootprint, higher maneuverability and seamless connectivity. This enables taking radiology workflow to the next level across all hospital departments.
*Trademark of General Electric Company.