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TMCNet:  Dose Management Strategy Is Top of Mind for Radiologists and GE Healthcare at #RSNA13

[December 02, 2013]

Dose Management Strategy Is Top of Mind for Radiologists and GE Healthcare at #RSNA13

CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--

GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is dedicated to providing clinicians worldwide with leading radiation dose management innovations. X-ray dose is a critical issue and GE Healthcare has collaborated with top institutions to develop strategies to better manage it. At this year's 2013 Radiological Society of North America (#RSNA13) annual meeting, GE Healthcare is showcasing several new offerings to enable low-dose imaging procedures and help clinicians track and measure dose. These offerings build upon GE Healthcare's $800 million investment in low dose technologies over 15 years, announced in 2011.

Smart Technologies and ASiR-V*^

Smart Technologies is a suite of intelligent Computed Tomography (CT) tools designed to help GE Healthcare clinicians deliver diagnostic confidence with lower patient dose levels. The Smart Technologies suite includes tools to help improve productivity (Smart Flow), increase cardiac imaging reliability and repeatability (Smart Cardiac), make spectral imaging routine (Smart Spectral), and acquire high-quality images at lower dose (Smart Dose).

The latest in this suite, 510(k)-pending ASiR-V, is the next iteration of GE Healthcare's industry-leading iterative reconstruction CT technology, which already has 3,600 installs worldwide and has provided more than 31 million patient scans to date. ASiR-V combines the speed of ASiR with the capabilities of Veo full model-based iterative reconstruction. Designed to significantly reduce dose relative to filtered back-projection (FBP) for both body and head modes, ASiR-V significantly improves low contrast detectability, spatial resolution and image noise, and has the capability to reduce low signal artifacts such as streak artifacts when compared to FBP.

New CT protocols developed by University of Wisconsin

GE Healthcare and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW) announced today that the university has developed validated protocols soon to be available for GE Healthcare CT systems. The protocols were designed and optimized for multiple, very specific, clinical applications. Within each clinical application, the UW team developed and tested multiple versions for patients of different sizes ranging from small children to large adults.

As an approved quality supplier to GE Healthcare, believed to be the first non-commercial organization to meet this rigorous standard, UW will continue to develop and improve the protocols and end users will receive regular updates as improvements are made.

"The scanner user interface presents the operator with the different clinical protocols," said Dr. Myron A. Pozniak, professor of Radiology and chief of the Section of Abdominal CT at UW. "Once selected and the scout image is obtained, the technologist selects the body size-specific protocol based on patient measurements and runs with it. No time is wasted experimenting with the settings, and they are done right."

DoseWatch delivers effective dose management…Click here for more info

GE Healthcare Services is showcasing the latest version of its DoseWatch software, which delivers: a brand-new, intuitive and modern user interface; a dose comparison analysis tool where users can efficiently compare doses between facilities, across systems and among protocols, a handful of IT enhancements where customers can take advantage of new log capabilities that can reduce bandwidth requirement across the hospital network, and more.

"I believe that many would be surprised to see the impact that an effective dose management tool can have," said Dr. Jan Casselman from St. John's Hospital in Belgium. "Since implementing a dose management program, including DoseWatch, St. John's has seen a 30-40 percent reduction in CT dose compared with the dose used on CT before the implementation. The system means that we are not only increasing awareness, but we are also starting to drive behavioral change. Going forward, all hospital personnel know that when they administer an exam, it is being monitored and that adopting low dose behavior is now the rule, not the exception."

DoseWatch retrieves, tracks and reports the radiation dose administered to patients during medical exams and automatically organizes the data for hospital leaders so they can easily and effectively monitor dose delivery in their institution. The system collects data in different ways - including by imaging device and by the individual operator or by protocol - so it can compare and contrast the dose being administered in one exam to another.

New training program focuses on getting the right image at the right dose

C-arm users are becoming smarter about how to reduce the amount of radiation they receive. In fact, users of OEC C-arms are becoming "Brilliant (News - Alert)" - through a unique and customized training program by GE Healthcare in which OEC-dedicated radiologic technologists do on-site training for their customers.

"While the Brilliant program is focused on multiple aspects of getting the right image at the right dose, the training class has become a measurable part of the job of the 70+ OEC Clinical Imaging Specialists," said Carrie Eglinton Manner, CEO for GE Healthcare Surgery. "We have a clinical competency model that measures our CIS team on how well they train customers on dose reduction. Our experts are working side-by-side with customers to help them maximize their OEC equipment and be safer in the process."

*Trademark of General Electric Company

^ ASiR-V is 510(k) pending at U.S. FDA and not available for sale

GE Healthcare at #RSNA13

Each year in Chicago, the conference of the Radiological Association of North America (RSNA) provides a forum for showcasing the latest innovations in medical imaging. If you are attending the conference, please visit GE Healthcare at booth number 4033 in McCormick Place south hall. Throughout the week of the event, GE Healthcare will distribute news and information using these digital platforms:

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter - great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

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