CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At the 2017 edition of the Radiological Society of North America’s
annual meeting (RSNA), GE Healthcare will deliver on its commitment to
be the leading provider of outcome-based imaging solutions by
introducing new technologies, services, and digital solutions designed
to improve patient experience, increase clinical confidence and heighten
“We’re pleased to showcase a range of innovations at this year’s RSNA.
These are technologies that we’ve developed in close collaboration with
our partners and customers,” said Kieran Murphy, President and CEO of GE
Healthcare. “GE Healthcare’s focus is to leverage our medical,
engineering and digital expertise to drive precision health and enhanced
With the largest installed base globally, strong application leadership
and more than 25 years of proven deep learning and artificial
intelligence expertise, GE Healthcare is leveraging digital to realize
clinical and operational outcomes across the healthcare industry. By
combining software applications with best in class medical devices and
services, GE is committed to help administrators and clinical staff
deliver better patient outcomes more efficiently.
At the heart of our approach is GE’s Applied intelligence – the
analytics and artificial intelligence brain that powers GE Healthcare’s
leading applications, devices and services. In a healthcare delivery
network, Applied Intelligence becomes the thread that flows between the
machines and software to help unlock organizations’ full potential with
With more than 200 imaging applications across GE Healthcare’s imaging
portfolio, the company’s digital journey is well underway. GE
Healthcare will showcase its accelerated digital commitment as well as
the new AI-infused imaging applications, powered by GE Healthcare’s
Applied Intelligence, at RSNA in the digital showcase inside the GE
Improving Patient Experience
Magnetic Resonance is highly effective at imaging patients, but
traditional coils can be bulky, heavy and rigid, causing discomfort to
patients and technologists. GE Healthcare’s new suite of RF coils, AIR
Technology, are now commercially available on SIGNA
Premier, and are 60 percent lighter on the patient. The
ultra-lightweight design makes it easier for the technologist to
position the patient and addresses several clinical needs. AIR Coils
look like a blanket and fit 99.9 percent of patients, with technology
engineered for higher density channel count and increased SNR. SIGNA
Premier wide bore 3.0T MRI system, now commercially available in the
United States, features GE Healthcare’s latest, short-bore,
high-homogeneity 3.0T superconductive magnet; the most powerful gradient
system GE Healthcare has ever developed for a wide bore 3.0T system; and
a new, digital RF transmit and receive architecture. It enables 2x
faster whole-body imaging compared to conventional scans, and 60 percent
Pristina Dueta is an industry-first patient-assisted mammography
device that literally puts women in control of their own mammograms.
Designed by women for women, an innovative wireless remote control
allows patients to manage their own compression, under the supervision
of a technologist, during the exam performed on GE Healthcare’s newest
mammography system, Senographe Pristina After the breast is
properly positioned by the technologist, the patient has the option to
adjust her compression using Pristina Dueta. Studies in Europe show 4
out of 5 patients using Pristina Dueta said it made the exam more
comfortable, and more than half said the device led to less anxiety.
Clinical evidence used in the FDA evaluation and clearance of Pristina
Dueta shows use of the device does not compromise image quality or
increase exam time. For women with dense breast tissue, supplemental
screening may be recommended. The Invenia ABUS (Automated
Breast Ultrasound System) is proven to increase invasive cancer
detection by 55 percent and is the only FDA-approved ultrasound system
for dense breast tissue screening when used in addition to mammography.
SenoBright HD is a next-generation Contrast Enhanced Spectral
Mammography (CESM) diagnostic exam intended for patients who have just
had an inconclusive mammogram or ultrasound, or are at high risk of
breast cancer. SenoBright HD exams are performed at the same time, same
location, and with the same mammography equipment – Senographe Pristina
– enabling the entire exam to take less than seven minutes. As compared
to the first generation CESM, SenoBright HD delivers clearer
images and improves acquisition time by 40 percent in women with large
breasts. CESM provides high specificity to reduce false-positives and
helps prevent unnecessary exams. Images are immediately available for
review following the exam.
Enabling Better Clinical Outcomes
Helix advanced imaging processing is a revolutionary platform
that features advanced image processing, ultra-high resolution digital
detectors, powerful analytics and intelligent systems. Helix delivers
sharp detail at low dose and consistent performance in X-ray, despite
variations in exposure technique and patient anatomy. The power of Helix
coupled with FlashPad HD digital detectors improves contrast
detectability by up to 40 percent due to ultra-high resolution, enhanced
noise control and advanced image processing. The new Discovery
XR656HD premium fixed digital radiographic system features Helix and
an expanded suite of workflow automation and analytics tools. It is
designed to eliminate unnecessary X-ray image adjustments and repeated
exams. It gives technologists and radiologists sharp detail –
with up to 4x higher definition in each image when using FlashPad HD
detectors – and the balanced contrast and brightness needed at a low
dose, right from the very first image.
S8 XDclear 2.0 is a lightweight, portable ultrasound system
designed for a wide range of applications including abdominal, small
parts, breast, vascular, OB/GYN, cardiology, pediatrics,
musculoskeletal, urology and more. Integrated with FibroScan® technology
from Echosens and Shear Wave technology, the LOGIQ S8 XDclear 2.0 can
help diagnose liver disease quickly and non-invasively, assess fibrosis
stage in chronic liver disease and monitor treatment.
OEC Elite CFD with vascular applications is the first premium
mobile C-arm offering with both a 31 cm and 21cm CMOS flat panel
detector. It is designed to produce high image quality at a low dose
with a 14 percent improvement over an image intensifier in line pair
resolution at normal dose. The OEC Elite CFD produces crisp, clean
images, enabling better imaging confidence by allowing surgeons to see
greater differentiation between a patient’s anatomy, such as bone,
organs and skin and exceptional vessel detail in even the toughest
vascular procedures with a tiny 0.008” guidewire.
High-quality cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) images are essential
to improve the feasibility, effectiveness, and safety of challenging
Interventional radiology procedures. However, there are barriers to
acquiring these images, including limited field of view; the
time-consuming and tedious nature of the procedures; and a
susceptibility to artifacts. GE worked with physicians around the world
to understand these challenges and develop a suite of solutions designed
to surmount them. These include the Discovery IGS 7; Motion
Freeze2, a new, pioneering solution that can help
compensate for involuntary respiratory motion artifacts that threaten
CBCT quality, reducing the likelihood of unusable acquisitions; Liver
ASSIST3, a software solution that helps identify
vessels feeding liver tumors for liver embolization; INTERACT Active
Tracker4, software feature that enables
multi-modality fusion imaging in ablation procedures (fluoroscopy and
ultrasound) to create a comprehensive 3D view of liver tumors; and Needle
ASSIST5, providing real-time visualization of
needle positions in the 3D space.
Achieving Operational Efficiency
It can take up to 230 mouse clicks to access reject data and up to seven
hours to calculate a department’s reject percentage for a mid-sized
hospital. X-ray Quality App featuring Repeat/Reject Analytics
software can help avoid that time and effort by automatically
identifying and analyzing the root causes of rejected X-ray images for
quick and easy review. Helping to identify the root cause of rejected
images can reduce unnecessary radiation exposure to patients and manual
work required to measure repeat/reject rates. In addition, reducing
non-value add imaging may increase capacity for additional diagnostic
exams in an imaging department.
Today radiologists waste an estimated 19 percent of their time having to
use multiple systems. To address this challenge, GE Healthcare’s Centricity
Universal Viewer has been shown to increase reading efficiency by up
to 40 to 50 percent at imaging centers around the world. The new native
breast screening and diagnostic workflows provide a single viewer which
can be used for all modalities. By utilizing patient priors, including
CT, MRI and Tomosynthesis, as well as other patient reports such as
clinical notes and pathology reports, in the diagnosis, Centricity
Universal Viewer helps to increase workflow efficiency and support more
Imaging Related Clinical Context, developed in partnership with
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center,6 delivers relevant
patient clinical content in context, including EMR data such as surgical
notes, pathology reports and clinical notes, directly to the radiologist
and embedded in their existing workflow. With a deep learning algorithm
that learns as radiologists provide input, physicians will be able to
more quickly reach a confident diagnosis based on a more complete
picture of the patient’s full medical condition.
GE Healthcare’s patented deep learning-based Smart Reading Protocols
aims to ensure each radiologist’s protocols are always automatically
hung in the same way. SRP increases radiologist productivity by learning
each user’s or group’s reading tendencies to automate image setup
including launching advanced visualization and other applications.
New to GE’s Revolution family of CT scanners, the Revolution Frontier
enables effortless, effective diagnoses and provides easy access to
advanced clinical applications to allow the clinician to quickly and
simply customize the scan to the needs of the patient. The system
includes an optimized imaging chain for faster and higher quality
processing, and our ASiR-V next-generation iterative reconstruction to
provide superior image quality. With Revolution Frontier, GSI Pro takes
spectral imaging to the next level through 2x faster reconstruction.
Scans using GSI Pro can deliver tissue characterization, contrast dose
reduction, metal artifact reduction and quantitative information about
chemical composition, providing an unmatched spectral capability across
the full field of view.
GE Healthcare’s newest mobile X-ray product, the Optima XR240amx with
FlashPad HD digital detectors, enables clinicians to see
exceptionally fine detail in all anatomies and has a reliable and
maneuverable design and small footprint for complex care environments.
It is the highest resolution, pediatric-capable mobile X-ray system in
the industry and offers seamless X-ray imaging support for carefully
controlled neonatal environments. Both the system and detectors have
dependable power management technology allowing two detectors to be
charged simultaneously in-bin, with or without grids attached, taking
the guess work out of detector battery charging. The system can support
imaging 50 patients over 9.5 hours.7
Tube Watch is a predictive solution designed to help remotely
monitor tubes and predict failures before any disruption occurs. The
service enables systems to be repaired remotely or at a more convenient
time. Tube Watch allows proactive part delivery and service scheduling
to help eliminate unplanned disruption and potentially reduce downtime
by up to 75 percent.8 Tube Watch helps anticipate CT failure
before it happens, turn unplanned downtime into planned service,
reduce operational downtime, and enhance patient and staff satisfaction.
Focused on the power of digital to enable better outcomes, Smart
Subscription provides customers with continuous access to the latest
imaging software updates, through an automatic downloaded to their CT
scanners from the cloud. Smart Subscription offers flexible options for
smarter budgeting, giving health systems, hospitals and clinics the
opportunity to standardize applications across all CT units, and can
select only the tools they need, with an option to add or remove tools
at any time. With Smart Subscription, customers can be confident that
their GE CT scanners will be up to date with the latest imaging software
for the life of the system.
The full GE Healthcare RSNA 2017 press kit can be found here.
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1 As compared to previous generation 3T wide-bore platforms.
2The improvement related to Motion Freeze depends on the
acquisition conditions, table position, patient, type of motion,
anatomical location and clinical practice. Motion Freeze is an optional
feature of 3DXR (part of GE vascular systems IGS 5, IGS 6 and IGS 7 or
3Liver ASSIST solution includes Hepatic VCAR, FlightPlan
For Liver and Integrated Registration which can be use independently and
requires AW workstation with Volume Viewer, Volume Viewer
Interventional. These applications are sold separately.
4INTERACT Active Tracker is an optional feature of 3DXR
(part of GE vascular systems IGS 5, IGS 6 and IGS 7 or IGS 7OR). This
feature supports only one ‘Active Tracker’ type: the OmniTRAXTM Active
5NEEDLE ASSIST solution includes TrackVision 2, stereo 3D
and requires AW workstation with Volume Viewer, Volume Viewer Innova.
These applications are sold separately.
6UPMC is a collaboration partner of GEHC and as a result,
has a financial interest in the development and commercialization of
certain GEHC next generation imaging products.
7Assuming 50 patients (100 exposures), 5 min per exam, 2
exposures per patient, 4 min between patients, Travel time 60 minutes,
Intermediate charging 60 min.
8Percentage noted is based on various assumptions,
including but not limited to the use of Tube Watch consistent with the
Tube Watch terms and conditions, timely receipt of the tube-health
notice, parts and labor availability, immediate access to customer’s
equipment, and may not be typical of every customer’s experience.