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 News Release - May 23, 2006

GE Healthcare Debuts High Performance, Laptop-Size Ultrasound System to Serve Emergency Departments

FDA Clears GE's LOGIQ e

New compact ultrasound system enables real-time imaging to speed clinical decisions during emergency care


WAUKESHA, Wis.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--May 23, 2006--GE Healthcare announced today the introduction of a new high-performance compact ultrasound system to address the growing demand for clinically specialized, real-time imaging at the point of care. The LOGIQ e, the newest member of GE's Compact Series of ultrasound systems, is designed with the speed, image quality and applications to support real-time clinical decisions in emergency settings.

According to a study conducted by Yale University School of Medicine and published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, two thirds of Emergency Departments report that they do not currently have access to ultrasound for Emergency Physician use(1). "We've designed the LOGIQ e to help extend the reach and utility of advanced ultrasound imaging to emergency patient care - providing Emergency Physicians with valuable diagnostic information to support life-critical situations such as trauma, abdominal aortic aneurysm or heart conditions," said Omar Ishrak, president and CEO of GE Healthcare's Clinical Systems division. "Within seconds, LOGIQ e can be used to scan an emergency patient and produce high quality clinical images that provide vital insight to the patient's condition."

GE debuted its new LOGIQ e at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

"We partnered with Emergency Physicians during the development of the new LOGIQ e and designed the system to meet their needs for clear, concise images and more confident treatment decisions in the ED," said Ishrak. "Based on physicians' early response, we believe that LOGIQ e will become the system of choice in Emergency Departments across the country."

Clinicians can now view even small anatomy clearly with the LOGIQ e. The LOGIQ e is an easy-to-use ultrasound system with advanced connectivity features that streamline clinical workflow by allowing clinicians to take the ultrasound exam to the patient, wherever that may be. With the system's on-board image storage, it is the ideal imaging solution for the Emergency Department.

LOGIQ e is built on GE's software-based TruScan architecture and patented miniaturization technologies with the image quality and performance of a full-size, 300-pound system. Features like Coded Harmonics, Automated Image Optimization, Easy 3D and LOGIQView help boost physicians' diagnostic confidence for a diverse array of patient conditions encountered in the Emergency Department. Raw data acquisitions and automated applications translate to less time obtaining diagnostic information, a factor particularly important in emergency situations.

LOGIQ e is ergonomically designed, fast and easy-to-use, even for less experienced operators. A quick, 20-second boot up and single-hand probe connections make the LOGIQ e ready to scan when seconds count.

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."

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.

1. Christopher L. Moore, MD, RDMS; Alex A. Molina, MD; Henry Lin, MD, et al. Ultrasonography in Community Emergency Departments in the United States Annals of Emergency Medicine 2006; 42:147-153.


Source: GE Healthcare

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