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GE healthcare unveils breakthrough imaging technology

AZDEL : 18 March, 2006  (Company News)
GE Healthcare today announced that it has developed the world's first high definition magnetic resonance system. This breakthrough technology was launched at the Radiological Society of North America's 90th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
HDMR will, for the first time, provide physicians with unprecedented image clarity in cases where patients are difficult to image due to movement, including Parkinson's patients who suffer from uncontrollable patient motion and including children who do not respond to sedation.

'The power of high definition technology reaps meaningful rewards in my clinical practices,' said Dr. Lawrence N. Tanenbaum, Section Chief MRI, CT and Neuroradiology, New Jersey Neuroscience Institute. 'Dedicated high density coils facilitate throughput and enable high definition scanning resulting in dramatic images reminiscent of those provided by high definition television. It provides a 'can't miss' quality in challenging circumstances.'

This new GE technology dramatically improves MR imaging speed and quality, allowing clinicians to obtain vast amounts of data in a short time and perform MR studies that otherwise would be compromised, Dennis Cooke, GE Healthcare's Vice President, Global MR business.

According to recent studies, 25 to 30 percent of all head MR studies are compromised by some amount of patient movement, which can impact patient diagnosis. However, GE's exclusive HDMR technology, PROPELLER, provides uncompromised images of the brain despite patient motion.

'HMDR will make a real difference in patient diagnoses by providing GE exclusive applications that enable physicians to consistently perform the highly targeted studies they've been wanting to do, but couldn't because of patient motion or the challenge of diabetic patients with lower blood flow to the lower legs,' said Cooke.

Also, because HDMR has extremely fast image processing technology, it enables a greater range of targeted MR studies in critical areas such as the heart, liver and lower legs.

'The speed and resolution of this product allows us to develop entirely new applications that are only available with HDMR, the possibilities are limited only by clinicians' imaginations,' said Cooke.
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