|[December 02, 2013]
GE Healthcare Launches Breakthrough, Ultra-Fast CT Scanner: Freezes the Heart's Motion in Just One Heartbeat without Sacrificing Image Quality
CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--
GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), today
announced at the Radiological Society of North America's 99th
Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois that its
510(k)-pending Revolution (News - Alert) CT^ has captured a motion free image of the
human heart in just one beat.
Revolution: a breakthrough, ultra-fast CT scanner from GE Healthcare (Photo: Business Wire)
This innovative technology enables clinicians to non-invasively
visualize the human heart more clearly than ever before, and diagnose
more patients with erratic or high heart beats.
According to published literature (the British Journal of Radiology),
more than 60 percent of patients referred to cardiac CT today were found
to have heart rates higher than 60 beats per minute, and some are turned
away from being scanned. With Revolution CT, clinicians can clearly see
specific areas of the heart that were previously compromised either by a
patient's movement, high heart rate, or a child's inability to hold his
or her breath.
The images were captured by Dr. Ricardo C. Cury, chairman of Radiology
and director of Cardiac Imaging at Baptist Health South Florida.
According to Cury, physicians no longer will be forced to choose between
CT systems with wide coverage, high spatial resolution (clear image), or
high temporal resolution (speed). For the first time, GE Healthcare's
Revolution CT converges these three technology advances into one CT
"This is innovation at its best and is really an all-in-one scanner,"
said Cury, chairman of Radiology and director of Cardiac Imaging at
Baptist Health South Florida. "Diagnostic quality images are now
possible in challenging patients like those with high heart rates, which
is a significant advancement. The impressive ability of Revolution to
combine coverage, spatial and temporal resolution in a single scanner
will translate to many clinical applications and potentially new
applications in the future." Investigational clinical images to
demonstrate the capabilities of the scanner were obtained in
collaboration with West Kendall Baptist Hospital (WKBH). Dr. Cury served
as principal investigator for this study.
In a cost-constrained healthcare environment, clinicians need one
definitive test that gives them the diagnostic confidence to make the
right treatment decision for their patients. GE Healthcare's Revolution
CT makes this possible through the convergence of spatial resolution,
temporal resolution, coverage, and low dose all-in-one, providing
uncompromised image quality and clinical capabilities. This convergence
enables the following advanced clinical exams:
Comprehensive cardiac exams with anatomic and functional inormation
in just one heartbeat, even with challenging patients and higher heart
Rapid, whole-brain stroke assessment at low dose
Dynamic liver, kidney, or pancreas oncology workup personalized with
perfusion and vascular flow analysis.
The Revolution CT is engineered to wow, with technology advances
including the 16 cm Gemstone* Clarity (News - Alert) detector for whole organ coverage,
best-in-class spatial resolution at 230 microns for visualizing small
anatomy, and a 0.28 second gantry designed and tested for up to 0.2 sec
rotation speed. Combined with SnapShot* Freeze motion correction
technology, the system delivers 24 msec effective temporal resolution
for high heart rate imaging without restrictions.
The Revolution CT continues GE's commitment to even lower CT doses, with
innovations such as the new Gemstone Clarity detector, a dedicated 70kVp
scan mode for pediatric use, and ASiR-V*, GE's next generation of
iterative reconstruction technology.
For the patient, the system provides a wider, more comfortable 80cm bore
and a quiet scanning experience with the new Whisper Drive system.
Ultra-fast scanning with streamlined workflow makes it a perfect scanner
for emergency rooms.
Revolution CT will be easier to use as GE Healthcare is also introducing
a revolutionary new user interface based on inputs from hundreds of
clinicians and technologists around the world. With Revolution, advanced
imaging will now be routine, and routine imaging more advanced.
"This will be the first CT scanner that's right for everybody in every
clinical specialty," said Steve Gray, president and CEO of MICT & AW for
GE Healthcare. "Revolution CT is able to scan even the most challenging
patients, day in and day out, with remarkably clear images. And, we made
sure that using it is productive, logical, and intuitive."
learn more about Revolution CT, click here.
* Trademark of General Electric Company
^ Revolution is 510(k) pending at FDA and not available for sale in the
U.S. Not yet CE market, not available for sale in all regions.
GE Healthcare at #RSNA13
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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
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About GE Healthcare
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services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and
more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on
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