GE shows new VIP ultrasound platform at AIUM

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Last week GE Healthcare showcased its new Volume Imaging Protocol (VIP) platform at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
               
The company’s VIP platform is designed so that sonographers can sweep across a target area of a patient’s anatomy and collect true and raw data. After image acquisition, the radiologist can virtually re-scan the patient in a 3D planar view by manipulating the raw data with new protocols, the company said. 

The platform also includes enhanced LOGIQ 9 and LOGIQ 7 ultrasound systems that with the LOGIQWorks workstation, which creates volumetric and multi-dimensional images in real-time. With LOGIQ 9 and 7, clinicians can acquire and construct volumetric images enabling the scan of an organ, such as a kidney, within seconds.

GE also provided details regarding its musculoskeletal clinical research study, an initiative that is part of the company’s sponsorship of the Olympic Games through 2012.  The clinical research study, led by a team at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, is focused on improving the speed and efficiency of diagnosing musculoskeletal injuries in the shoulder and knee. The researchers are investigating, over the course of a year, whether taking healthy baseline scans of the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team helps in determining the extent of future sports injuries with greater speed and accuracy. In this study, researchers will use GE’s LOGIQ Book XP, a lightweight, portable ultrasound system.