GE emphasizes volumetric imaging and workflow
GE Healthcare’s emphasis in the ultrasound realm at RSNA 2006 in Chicago was to highlight the strength of its current system line-up in volumetric image acquisition and compact design. The hope is to provide “spectacular diagnostic information” and “mechanisms to change the workflow of ultrasound,” said Terri Bresenham, vice president and general manager, Global Diagnostic Ultrasound business.

Ideally, volumetric acquisition and raw data can be sent both to a PACS simultaneously which means that images can be reviewed later without the patient hanging around. This leads to increased asset management, less patient time, and an overall better process for sonographers, said Bresenham.

To back this up, GE showcased its full arsenal of ultrasound systems, including the introduction of the LOGIQ 9 premium ultrasound system, which produces premium image quality through an exclusive technology called Speckle Reduction Imaging in High Definition (SRI-HD), which reduces the “graininess” (speckle) inherent in ultrasound. Also new on the LOGIQ 9 is GE’s Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging (TUI), which gives clinicians access to simultaneous views with adjustable thicknesses of multiple slices from a volume data set. This system also includes OSI (Organ Specific Imaging) capability which optimizes the processing of imaging for certain parts of the body.

The company also highlighted an assortment of other ultrasound models, including:
  • LOGIQ P5 is the next-generation portable addition to GE’s LOGIQ family, and includes advanced applications and mid-size maneuverability for smaller spaces. The system also includes the following: HD-SRI; crossXBeam spatial compounding; and 4-D imaging;
  • The Voluson E8, the latest in GE’s Voluson ultrasound platform, which includes a number of new tools to help improve clinical workflow, including Sonography based Volume Computer Aided Diagnosis (SonoVCAD), a new automated imaging tool that improves workflow by making it easier to acquire volume images of the fetal heart; and 
  • Voluson i technology, the first 4-D compact ultrasound system designed specifically for women’s healthcare, including obstetric, gynecological, and other clinical applications. This new compact system allows clinicians to make real-time diagnoses, particularly for high-risk patients, by providing high-quality 4-D imaging to wherever the patient is located. The portability of the Voluson i also makes it ideal for community and rural clinics, as well as mobile imaging services. 
GE also exhibited its ultrasound workstation, LOGIQworks 3.0, with new clinical and workflow tools such as OmniSlice & Volume Review and TUI: Rapid and automated display of a target volume in parallel slices in any plane, offers clinicians the ability to view volume ultrasound acquisitions much like MR or CT. Clinicians can easily adjust the number of slices and distance between slices, and even take a scout view.