Healthcare Industry News:  compact ultrasound 

Devices Radiology

 News Release - May 15, 2006

GE Introduces New Series of Laptop-Size Ultrasound Systems to Expand Ultrasound's Role in Healthcare

GE sets out to double its compact ultrasound business with the introduction of a new series of clinically specialized systems

WAUKESHA, Wis.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--May 15, 2006--GE, the world's leading ultrasound company, is introducing four new clinically specialized ultrasound systems to address healthcare providers' growing demand for sophisticated, real-time imaging at the point of care. GE's Compact Series is a new and revolutionary line of ultrasound products that places the power and imaging capabilities of a high-performance, 400-pound system into a laptop-size design.

According to Omar Ishrak, president and CEO of GE Healthcare's Clinical Systems division, miniaturization was the first step in bringing basic ultrasound to the point-of-care. "Until now, the broad adoption of compact ultrasound has been hindered by image quality limitations and the industry's 'one size fits all' approach to compact system design," said Ishrak. "By working with physicians from a wide-range of medical specialties, we've learned that image quality, portability and clinical specialization are all essential to expanding ultrasound's role in healthcare. We've developed our new Compact Series to address these needs and bring the benefits of ultrasound to virtually all clinicians and patients - creating a pathway for ultrasound to become as ubiquitous in patient care as the stethoscope is today."

GE has set a new threshold for compact ultrasound imaging performance, according to physicians who have previewed the new systems. The Compact Series builds upon GE's successful introduction of Vivid i in 2005, a high-performance cardiovascular ultrasound system in a compact design. Blending image quality and portability with clinical applications, reporting tools and a user interface designed specifically for cardiac imaging, Vivid i has been rapidly adopted by the medical community, and today is transforming the way heart disease is detected, diagnosed and managed at more than 1,000 sites around the world.

GE's Compact Series is now expanded to include the new Voluson i and LOGIQ i systems - each "i" product is designed to bring specialized, console-quality imaging performance and portability to traditional applications. Voluson i is designed for Obstetrics & Gynecology applications, while the LOGIQ i will serve the general imaging needs of Radiology. GE's "e" products focus on expanding ultrasound's reach to new clinical areas. The new LOGIQ e was uniquely designed with the speed requirements and imaging applications to support real-time clinical decisions in Emergency and Surgical settings. GE's new Vivid e provides a dedicated cardiac ultrasound imaging solution for the Physician Office in a practical, easy to use design.

According to Ishrak, who has more than 20 years in ultrasound technology development and has served as the leader of GE's ultrasound division since 1995, "GE's clinical partnerships, technology leadership and continuous investment in ultrasound allows us to invite healthcare's top physicians 'to the drawing board' to re-imagine ultrasound. Together, we're developing innovative ultrasound systems to help address some of today's most pressing healthcare issues such as improving access to quality care in rural communities and developing regions of the world, and in developed regions, shifting to an 'early health' model where technologies such as ultrasound can be used to help detect diseases earlier when they can be more effectively treated."

GE's Voluson i, LOGIQ e and Vivid e systems are FDA cleared and will become commercially available in the U.S. in June 2006. LOGIQ i is also FDA cleared with plans for commercial introduction in September 2006. Vivid i received FDA clearance in 2004 and was commercially available in early 2005.

With the introduction of its Compact Series, GE expects to double its compact ultrasound business -- delivering more than 5,000 compact Vivid(TM), LOGIQ(TM) and VolusonŽ ultrasound systems worldwide in 2006.

ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, performance improvement, drug discovery, and biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies is helping clinicians around the world re-imagine new ways to predict, diagnose, inform and treat disease, so their patients can live their lives to the fullest.

GE Healthcare's broad range of products and services enable healthcare providers to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases, and other conditions earlier. Our vision for the future is to enable a new "early health" model of care focused on earlier diagnosis, pre-symptomatic disease detection and disease prevention. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $15 billion unit of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE ). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 43,000 people committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.


Source: GE Healthcare

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