GE adds new technologies to womens imaging portfolio
GE Healthcare demonstrated new interventional and non-interventional imaging capabilities for women’s health at the 94th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.

The company is now offering the Senographe Essential Interventional as an add-on digital stereotaxy option to its Senographe Essential digital mammography platform. The Senographe Essential Interventional lets users perform biopsies without a dedicated biopsy room.  As an add-on capability, technologists can transition from initial screening applications to diagnostics, and if needed - to interventional procedures, all in one room, GE said.

By using a full-field digital detector on the system allows clinicians easy localization of lesions and a consistency in image quality for diagnosis and biopsy. Once pinpointed, it allows for vertical and lateral approach in accessing the lesion.

It maintains the same user interface and workstation tools from the stand-alone Senographe Essential system, according to the company.

“Worldwide, we are seeing a growing need from our customers for a breast biopsy solution that maintains productivity from screening to diagnosis,” David Caumartin, general manager of GE Healthcares mammography business, told Health Imaging News. “The Senographe Essential Interventional supports the full management of an individual patient by screening using the industry’s most outstanding digital detector and diagnosing using a seamlessly integrated biopsy platform with flexibility and consistent image quality.”

GE also showcased its latest workflow solutions for the global mammography market at the show, including the Image Diagnost acquisition workstation to supplement its Seno Advantage workstation. The Image Diagnost supports multi-vendor reading of full field digital mammography images and the ability to share information from multiple image sites to one central reading hub, Caumartin added.

For PACS users, the company also presented the next release of its Centricity PACS Mammography module to meet the needs of customers who are reading multimodality images in large multicenter facilities. By incorporating a mammography workflow module within PACS, users can now make advances in both screening and diagnostics workflows.

While PACS provides access to the entire patient image set, and compare year-over-year images, the module enhances workflow capability even further through quadrant zoom and hanging protocols, GE said.

The company also showcased its Mammography Administration Module (MAM), a module of Centricity RIS, which maintains records on all aspects of breast imaging exams. MAM tracks patients with recommendations for additional procedures, generates follow-up letters for patients and their healthcare providers and maintains a log of follow-up statistics, supporting adherence to the Mammography Quality Standards Act.