Today at RSNA 2012, GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) 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.
GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said, “Reducing MR to a whisper, screening for breast cancer using ultrasound, and giving physicians universal access and intuitive control over how they see patient images – these are all leaps forward in patient care, not just incremental change. At GE we’re at work for a healthier world, and today’s announcements embody that commitment to quality, accessible and affordable healthcare for more people.”
Silent Scan †
Silent Scan is a revolutionary 510(k) pending 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 decibels, roughly equivalent to rock concerts. GE Healthcare’s exclusive Silent Scan is designed to reduce MR scanner noise to near ambient (background) sound levels and thus can help improve a patient’s MR exam experience.Historically, acoustic noise mitigation techniques have focused on insulating components and muffling sound as opposed to treating the noise at the source. With Silent Scan, acoustic noise is essentially eliminated by employing a new advanced 3D acquisition and reconstruction technique called Silenz, in combination with GE Healthcare’s proprietary design of the high-fidelity MR gradient and RF system electronics. Silent Scan is designed to eliminate the noise at its source; with Silent Scan, patients will experience a more relaxing scanning environment.