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The lightspeed VCT officially fastest selling product in GE healthcare's history

AZDEL : 02 January, 2006  (Company News)
GE Healthcare Reaches 500th Global Installation of the LightSpeed VCT; Physicians Endorse Clinical Relevance of LightSpeed VCT, the Only CT Scanner Capable of Imaging the Heart in as Few as Five Heart Beats .
GE Healthcare announced today the 500th installation of the world's first volume computed tomography system, the LightSpeed VCT, making it the fastest selling product in the company's history. GE was the first company to introduce volumetric CT scanning, the ability to combine record-breaking acquisition speed and high-resolution capabilities in a single CT system.

GE's LightSpeed VCT is the only CT scanner capable of 5-Beat Cardiac, an exclusive application that enables physicians to scan the human heart in as few as five beats. As a result, physicians are able to get clearer images of a broader patient population than typical scans acquired by other CT systems.

'The incredible success of GE's LightSpeed VCT and its rapid adoption by physicians around the world is changing the way physicians diagnose and treat heart disease,' said Gene Saragnese, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare's Molecular Imaging and CT business. 'The LightSpeed VCT is the only technology capable of 5-Beat Cardiac, and GE is the only company to build our technology for physicians, based on their clinical needs, from the ground up. We are helping physicians usher in a new era of rapid, less invasive cardiology.'

GE announced today that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will receive the 500th shipment of GE's LightSpeed VCT.

'At UPMC, we are very excited to be implementing this technology,' said Dr. Scott A. Mirowitz, professor and chairman, Department of Radiology at UPMC. 'We expect that it will make major contributions to the development of new imaging capabilities both for the cardiovascular system and beyond.'

The LightSpeed VCT enables physicians to capture images of the heart and coronary arteries in just five heartbeats, something no other CT system can offer. In a single rotation, the LightSpeed VCT creates 64 submillimeter images, totaling 40 millimeter of anatomical coverage, which may be combined to form a three-dimensional view of the patient's anatomy for the physicians to analyze.

The LightSpeed VCT also has the capability to attain 43-millisecond temporal resolution, which means physicians can effectively freeze the motion of the heart in a scan and secure extremely high-quality images of coronary arteries at submillimeter.

LightSpeed VCT Clinical Applications

GE Healthcare has identified opportunities for new and improved diagnostic applications for the LightSpeed VCT based on its coverage, speed and resolution capabilities:

-- 5-Beat Cardiac: a comprehensive view of the heart and coronary arteries with submillimeter resolution in five seconds. This coverage helps reduce beat-to-beat variability, resulting in more robust, repeatable procedures, as well as greater vessel visualization and shorter breath holds for sick patients.

-- Triple RuleOut: the ability to help clinicians rule out (or in) the three most life-threatening critical conditions in chest pain in one single scan, aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism and coronary artery disease.

-- Stroke WorkUp: the ability to dynamically acquire both anatomy and perfusion/blood flow to the brain in a single scan.

'The speed and accuracy of the LightSpeed VCT has put GE at the forefront of diagnostic cardiovascular care, ' said Saragnese. 'The company's unique combination of molecular diagnostics and breakthrough imaging technology like the LightSpeed VCT are changing the diagnostic and treatment paradigm for heart disease.'
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