GE debuts point-of-care bone densitometer

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GE Healthcare this week introduced the Lunar Prodigy Primo, a new bone mineral density (BMD) system designed to help doctors detect and diagnose osteoporosis, which affects one out of two women and one in eight men over the age of 50. The Prodigy Primo is being showcased this week at the 54th Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in Washington, D.C. 

Primo is built on the foundation of the Lunar Prodigy and offers the same Prodigy series direct digital technology, but in a redesigned and streamlined package to meet the needs of the primary care and in-office physician for the point-of-care.

At the heart of the Primo is the revolutionary enCORExpress and OneScan easy operation technique. These applications provide easy operation for beginners enabling clinicians to: perform a BMD exam in six clicks, from measurement to final results; and the OneScan easy operation technique helps clinicians to perform a BMD exam in about three minutes, with as few key strokes and as little patient positioning as possible, GE said.

GE claims to manufacture more than two out of three bone density systems sold worldwide. Global sales revenues for its Lunar product line have grown 40 percent since 2001, the company said.