GE highlights its DR advances

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GE Healthcare showcased the Definium 8000 at the annual meeting of the Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA) last month in Chicago.

The new DR system is designed to streamline challenging exams with consistent and superior image quality. It is available in a broad range of configurations, from a single wall stand to a comprehensive radiographic room. With full DICOM 3.0 connectivity, the Definium 8000 connects easily to hospital information systems, RIS or PACS. The user interface for the new auto-positioning overhead tube suspension includes a touch-screen user interface, motorized 5-axis movements and 90-degree rotating screen.

Auto Image Paste provides physicians with a single view of the human anatomy, particularly the spine and legs, without any visible seam lines. GE’s Auto Image Paste application is a new method of acquiring and processing images of anatomies that would not fit in the span of a traditional detector. Up to five images can be acquired with the system automatically moving between acquisitions.

Volume RAD provides physicians with multiple high-resolution slice images of the human anatomy, including the chest, abdomen, extremities, and spine, using an x-ray system. This advanced application is a method of acquiring a series of low-dose projection images during a single sweep of the x-ray tube over a limited angle. A computer then assembles the information to provide high-resolution slice images that can be reviewed by the radiologist at a computer workstation.

The system also offers Auto Protocol Assist for protocols that are automatically selected through the worklist and initiated, allowing the technologist to spend more time with the patient; Auto Positioning for increased technologist productivity and ease of use; auto processing and image distribution; Dual Energy for chest and abdomen which reviews the soft tissue with no obstruction by the ribs and the bones with no interference of soft tissue; and RapidScreen, which identifies features associated with solitary pulmonary nodules on posterior-anterior or anterior-posterior chest radiographs.

These breakthrough applications complement GE’s exclusive Dual Energy Subtraction, an advanced clinical technique that eliminates bone or soft tissue obstruction from chest or abdominal images.
GE also showed the Definium 5000, a U-arm-based system suited for radiology and orthopedic clinics where space is a premium. It incorporates GE’s digital flat-panel detector technology along with the U-arm that can fit into smaller rooms without the need of ceiling support structures for x-ray tube suspensions. The Definium 5000 provides positioner operator controls at tableside, in the control room or via infrared remote control. The U-arm facilitates standing (weight bearing), stretcher or wheelchair patient imaging.