RSNA: GE unveils host of imaging, informatics developments

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GE Healthcare showcased advances across its portfolio at the 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago Nov. 27 to Dec. 2. New launches included interventional and cardiovascular x-ray systems, MR enhancements and technologies to address radiation exposure.

GE’s Dexus technology, built on the AW platform, brings 3D applications to the Centricity PACS desktop. It links imaging devices, clinical applications and IT to provide access to advanced visualization tools to physicians across care areas and modalities, GE said.

The company introduced Discovery IGS 730, an interventional x-ray system that combines the floor- and ceiling-mounted systems' approaches. The C-arm is mounted on an Advanced Guided Vehicle (AGV), a motorized and mobile system. Based on laser guidance, the AGV can move from imaging position to parking or back-out positions, using predefined trajectories to provide patient access. Discovery IGS 730 comes equipped with more than 20 applications.

Innova IGS 630 is a biplane cardiovascular and interventional imaging system, which uses high frame rate acquisition and a scatter reduction algorithm to provide 3D images for bones and soft tissues. It includes a high-resolution protocol to help visualize small objects.

GE showed DoseWatch, a dose-tracking and reporting system to help healthcare facilities analyze patient exposure levels over time, and VEO model-based iterative reconstruction technology capable of sub-millisievert imaging.

The company introduced the Discovery PET/CT 710, with 128-slice imaging capabilities, and Q.Suite—a collection of capabilities designed to extend quantitative PET by generating more consistent standardized uptake value (SUV) readings. Q.Suite is designed to help improve consistency of quantitative measurements in every key area: daily quality control, scanner workflow, motion correction, reconstruction algorithms and analysis and reporting applications, GE said.

GE’s MR team debuted the MR Patient Experience Suite, which incorporates the design philosophy of the Discovery MR750w system, with lighting, interior décor, scenery and music or sounds that can be customized by the patient using his or her own portable media player. Light, form, color, materials and texture transform the exam environment. Also on display for MR was MAVRIC SL, an FDA-510(k)-pending technique for imaging the joints of patients with metallic implants.

Finally, GE launched Logiq 8, a portable ultrasound system designed for imaging in a variety of clinical areas including abdominal, breast, vascular, musculoskeletal and cardiology.