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GE Healthcare releases new compact ultrasound systems to address market growth

GE Healthcare : 10 December, 2007  (New Product)
GE Healthcare has designed new editions of its Logiq e compact ultrasound system and a new edition of the Logiq Book XP Enhanced compact ultrasound system, as part of its Breakthrough 2008 ultrasound releases.
GE partnered with anaesthesiologists and emergency medicine physicians to develop the new dedicated compact Ultrasound systems that include features and software streamlined for emerging care areas of ultrasound.

GE Healthcare’s global compact Ultrasound revenue grew to $175 million as of third quarter close for 2007. The worldwide market for the compact Ultrasound industry in 2007 is forecasted to grow 36 percent, according to Harvey Klein, Ultrasound industry analyst and president of Klein Biomedical Consultants.

Clinicians using compact systems for emerging uses helped to fuel overall growth of compact systems. The worldwide market growth for emerging compact applications is expected to reach 50 percent by year-end, according to Klein. GE is projecting to grow its emerging application sales for compact systems 33 percentage points faster than the market for 2007.

Breakthrough 2008 advances across the Logiq e and Logiq Book XP Enhanced systems include:

Higher image quality: exclusive CrossXBeam software enhances image clarity by defining continuous boundaries of anatomy and improving overall image resolution.

Ease of Use: Simplicity in the Auto Clarity Suite gives clinicians tools that automatically optimise image quality at the touch of a button.

Productivity: Workflow, Network QuickSave easily transfers patient information to a network folder where EMR systems can easily integrate images for patient records.

An optional portable docking station improves mobility while providing instant access to probe connections, DVR and printer.

Logiq e Anesthesia Edition-Breakthrough 2008 advances include:

- For regional anaesthesia nerve blocks and vascular access procedures, GE-exclusive B-Steer Plus’ technology displays both the needle and anatomy in one image without compromising the image quality of either one. This helps physicians and clinicians visualise and locate the right spot to insert a needle. B-Steer also manoeuvres the Ultrasound beam for better visualization of the needle.

- Dedicated software presets for imaging anaesthesia delivery to patients.

“The best features are the high resolution and the high image quality of the Logiq e. I've found that the biggest advantage is the presets for anaesthesiologists to use,” said Jeffrey Swenson, MD, professor and director of anaesthesia for the orthopaedic centre at the University of Utah. “The presets allow for those who are not familiar with the physics of Ultrasound to use the Logiq e easily. And, the flexibility for novices and experts to use either the presets or to manually adjust the machine allows for superior quality images.”

Logiq e Emergency Medicine Edition-Breakthrough 2008 innovations include:

- Dedicated software presets for critical care imaging for patients. In this setting, patient imaging can range from abdominal aortic aneurysm, ectopic pregnancy to gall stones.

- Report template for clinicians to quickly organize patient information.

“The new simplified imaging presets in the Logiq e Emergency Edition software helps the new or returning user to step up and make the diagnosis faster than when using earlier versions. GE continues to make software to fit the ED, making the Logiq e quicker and easier to use,” said John Bailitz, MD, assistant residency director and Ultrasound curriculum coordinator at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. “The new cart and docking system is a huge step up for the ED. Rapid probe changes and the large screen improves the care of critically ill patients.”

Logiq Book XP Enhanced-Breakthrough 2008:

The Logiq Book XP Enhanced is the third major upgrade of the Logiq Book platform, providing a continuum of customer improvements since its first launch in 2002. New features include:

- New LCD technology with higher resolution, improved off-angle viewing for multiple users, increased brightness and clarity.

- Faster processing on this new system improves boot-up time by 70 percent. Other faster processing improvements include a 30-percent faster mode transition, such as changing from black-and-white imaging to colour Doplar for vascular applications.

“We are continuing to invest in our specialised compact Ultrasound strategy, further refining our customised systems to meet the unique needs of clinicians,” said Omar Ishrak, CEO and president of GE Healthcare’s Clinical Systems business unit. “We have migrated technology from our industry-leading, larger console systems to these new, miniaturised compact systems. GE is cultivating the growth of compact ultrasound, and expanding the reach of these clinical technologies to more patients around the world.”

Clinicians also have used the Logiq Book and Logiq e for humanitarian efforts in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
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