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GE Healthcare celebrates 25th anniversary of technology non-obsolescence programme

GE Healthcare : 26 November, 2007  (New Product)
GE Healthcare is celebrating the 25th year of the company’s Continuum technology non-obsolescence programme with several free software upgrades.
The Continuum programme is a commitment to GE Healthcare’s magnetic resonance (MR) customers that includes a combination of no charge and cost-effective purchasable, software and hardware upgrades for its installed base MR customers.

As new MR systems continue to be introduced year after year, GE understands that customers need a way to keep current without having to replace entire systems. “We have GE customers with 18 year old Signa magnets who have upgraded to our most current system platforms. There is no better, more cost effective, way for them to remain state-of-the-art in their community,” said David Handler, general manager of global MR product marketing.

GE has announced three new no charge ContinuumPak software upgrades for the thousands of installed Signa MR systems around the world. “These new ContinuumPaks provide customers with system improvements and powerful new imaging techniques which should improve their clinical capability and productivity,” said Handler.

The following applications are being provided at no charge to GE’s installed base of MR customers, specific to each platform:

3D Dual Echo - A high-resolution, single breath-hold abdominal acquisition technique providing optimal contrast images with perfect co-registration for multi-planar formatting.

ReportCARD 4.0 - A post-processing and reporting tool for cardiac imaging that enables function, flow, car, time course and PFO analysis. New features include structured reporting and a research database that reduces the amount of time a clinician spends reporting a cardiac MRI case. Available at no charge to ReportCARD 3.0 users.

ASSET Parallel Imaging acceleration enhancements - further reducing scan times for several clinical applications.

Additional host software features - further simplifying the exam and improving productivity

Signa HDe system ContinuumPak:

3D Dual Echo - A high-resolution, single breath-hold abdominal acquisition technique providing optimal contrast images with perfect co-registration for multi-planar formatting.

MERGE - A T2W fast gradient–echo sequence, this application is optimised to enhance the contrast between grey and white matter, as well as the visualisation of lesions on axial cervical spine images.

ASSET Parallel Imaging acceleration enhancements - further reducing scan times for several clinical applications.

Additional host software features - further simplifying the exam and improving productivity

Signa Excite system ContinuumPak:

LAVA - A T1W fast gradient-echo technique that enables high resolution, multi-phase, contrast-enhanced, dynamic liver imaging - optimised to provide whole-organ imaging in one breath-hold.

MERGE - A T2W fast gradient–echo sequence, this application is optimised to enhance the contrast between gray and white matter, as well as the visualisation of lesions on axial cervical spine images.

2D Fiesta with FatSat - T2 like contrast, non-gated imaging for abdominal or pelvic sequences, free breathing or breath hold studies. The software is useful for visualisation of the biliary tree and urinary tract.

Enhanced 3D Time-of-Flight - Used for vascular imaging studies, this improved pulse sequence reduces fat signal for a better view of arteries and small vessels in the brain. Vessel uniformity is improved through enhanced signal intensity.

PURE - An algorithm that reduces surface coil intensity by optimising the signal distribution for multi-element surface coils to provide better image uniformity. The tool is now specifically tailored to each patient and each body part of that patient.

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