GE’s Discovery IGS 730 Interventional Imaging System Coming to Europe

GE’s Discovery IGS 730 Interventional Imaging System Coming to Europe

Munich, Germany — 24 August, 2012 – GE Healthcare hailed a new era for interventional cardiologists today as it announced CE marking for its Discovery* IGS 730, the first interventional x-ray system designed to eliminate the compromises interventional cardiologists and technologists have made with current floor and ceiling mounted systems.

“Our goal was to pioneer a solution that eliminates the historical trade-offs our customers have had to make when selecting interventional imaging systems” says Hooman Hakami, President and CEO, Detection & Guidance Solutions, GE Healthcare. “What we were able to do was something truly revolutionary. Because of Discovery, interventional cardiologists no longer have to trade-off between ceiling and floor-mounted systems and compromise patient access for room airflow and sterility. Also gone are the days where surgeons had to choose between the higher power & better image quality of a fixed unit, or the mobility of a C-arm. With Discovery, our customers no longer have to compromise.”

“We also have had a very strong start and couldn’t be more pleased with our customers’ response to Discovery’s capabilities. We have six global orders to date, and over 100 inquiries for new Discovery systems. With both FDA clearance and CE marking, we now look forward to reaching all those who need the latest in minimally invasive, and hybrid OR imaging.”

The Discovery is neither floor nor ceiling-mounted, but has the mobility of a C-arm with the power and image quality of a fixed system. It incorporates a breakthrough innovation using a motorized laser-guided (mobile) gantry with wide bore C-arm, which enables interventional cardiologists to perform complex, minimally invasive procedures in an OR environment, as it allows complete access to the patient from either side of the table while maintaining sterility. The motion is predictable and precise, allowing fine control and positioning at any moment during a procedure, while parking locations and back out distances can be customized to suit the room where it operates.

Prof. Burkhard Sievers, interventional cardiologist at Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany, comments: “Hybrid OR will be the future setting for all cardiac procedures. The Discovery IGS 730 system means that cardiologists can acquire the high quality imaging required to enable their current procedure mix, but also in the same room are able to perform more complex procedures, knowing that they can have easy access to the patient, in a sterile environment.“

The Discovery IGS 730 is the centerpiece of GE’s Hybrid OR demonstration at ESC Congress 2012. For the first time, attending interventional cardiologists will be able to see a fully functioning Hybrid OR, where cardio-vascular specific advanced applications work in tandem with the newly CE marked Discovery IGS 730.

Recently introduced products on display include:

· GE Healthcare’s Vivid E9* Breakthrough 2012 (‘BT12’) cardiovascular ultrasound system which uses a 4D transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) transducer, allows clinicians to view precise images of the heart either during an assessment or diagnosis in the echo lab, during image-guided procedures in the cath lab, or supporting invasive surgical procedures in the operating room. In each scenario, the system is designed to help improve workflow efficiency through simplified image acquisition, intuitive navigation and quantification of ventricular pump function and myocardial deformation.

· Centricity* Cardio Enterprise is GE Healthcare’s latest IT solution which allows cardiologists to easily and securely access a patient’s complete cardiovascular record, enabling faster and more informed clinical decision making, wherever an internet connection is available. “Whether a cardiologist is in the lab, on the floor, in the OR, in their office across town, or at home over the weekend – patient data and diagnostic-quality images are available at their fingertips when they need it”, explains Olivier Croly, EMEA General Manager Healthcare IT at GE Healthcare. “Less time spent manually reporting or entering data on a cardiovascular IT solution means more time spent on patient care.”

· The Aisys Carestation is GE Healthcare’s most advanced anesthesia management system, which performs routine and critical perioperative tasks in anesthesia delivery for a wide range of cardiovascular patients. Applications of the Carestation include specific ventilation modes for cardio pulmonary by-pass for perioperative management of cardiovascular patients.

With the increasing complexity and integration of minimally invasive procedures into cardiac surgery, the Hybrid OR is an important part of any cardiac service line where cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists and echocardiologists cooperate in order to achieve an optimal result for the patient.

“GE Healthcare is in continuous pursuit of excellence by bringing together new innovations in the Hybrid OR space that help to treat patients with complex cardio-vascular conditions through minimally invasive procedures” says Hooman Hakami for GE Healthcare. At the ESC Congress 2012, interventional cardiologists can see how our comprehensive solutions can help healthcare providers facilitate collaboration amongst clinical specialisms and help physicians to deliver better clinical and patient centric outcomes.”

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are 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.

Rediscover space and movement.

With GE Healthcare’s newest Image Guided System, Discovery* IGS 730:

Re-think the possibilities of high precision imagery with optimal in-room mobility.

Re-invent the way you work.

Do more – from complex interventional to surgical procedures – with exceptional dose efficiency1.

Vision and motion with precision.

See how the Discovery IGS 730 can help you rediscover space and movement.

1. In clinical use, the results of the application of dose reduction techniques will vary depending on the clinical task, patient size, anatomical location and clinical practice. The Interventional radiologist, assisted by a physicist as necessary has to determine the appropriate settings for each specific clinical task.

GE Healthcare is unveiling the Discovery IGS 730 interventional imaging system at the RSNA, which is currently underway in Chicago.

With the IGS 730, GE tries to eliminate the trade-offs between ceiling- and floor-mounted systems, and between fixed units and mobile C-arms.

From the press release:

The Discovery IGS 730 is a revolution in imaging. It is neither floor- nor ceiling-mounted, but enables full patient access without the need to suspend the system above the patient. It has the mobility of a C-arm with the power and image quality of a fixed system. This laser-guided, motorized mobile gantry creates an interventional environment without boundaries. It allows complete access to the patient and unlimited parking capability, while creating sterility for a flexible and secure OR environment. The unique gantry comes with a new wide bore design, which allows for steep angles, ease in 3D acquisition, especially for large patients.

The Discovery IGS 730 C-arm is mounted on an Advanced Guided Vehicle (AGV), a motorized and fully mobile system. Based on laser guidance, the AGV can move freely from imaging position to parking or back-out positions, using predefined trajectories to provide total patient access. The Discovery IGS 730 features One-Touch-Back-Out, enabling fast and easy gantry movement away from the patient. The motion is predictable, precise and easy to use, allowing fine control and positioning at any moment in the procedure. Parking locations and back-out distances are customizable for different room configurations.

In addition to being mobile, Discovery IGS 730 comes equipped with more than 20 advanced applications. One example is the new Wide Bore 3D application for ease in 3D acquisitions and the ability to allow off-centered 3D acquisitions to cover anatomies such as the borders of the liver during liver oncology procedures or the skin line during image-guided needle procedures.

GE Healthcare has received the CE Mark for the Discovery IGS 730 interventional imaging system. The IGS 730 is essentially a robotic C-arm with the power of a fixed X-ray, which can be quickly moved to and from the surgical table as needed.

The device features a laser guided navigation system that provides the robot its precise location at all times. Its self powered wheels and floor sensors help the system avoid stepping on any toes and cables, and its predictable motion helps keep the surgical team clear as it is brought to and away from the patient.

From GE:

The Discovery is neither floor nor ceiling-mounted, but has the mobility of a C-arm with the power and image quality of a fixed system. It incorporates a breakthrough innovation using a motorized laser-guided (mobile) gantry with wide bore C-arm, which enables interventional cardiologists to perform complex, minimally invasive procedures in an OR environment, as it allows complete access to the patient from either side of the table while maintaining sterility. The motion is predictable and precise, allowing fine control and positioning at any moment during a procedure, while parking locations and back out distances can be customized to suit the room where it operates.

Here’s GE introducing the IGS 730 at RSNA 2011 in Chicago:

Source : http://www.genewscenter.com/Press-Releases/New-era-for-interventional-cardiologists-as-GE-Healthcare-s-Discovery-is-CE-Marked-3aa2.aspx

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