• Innovative design makes technology surprisingly more patient-friendly compared to traditional MR systems with patients feeling on average four times more comfortable
• Balgrist University Hospital, Switzerland, becomes worldwide pioneer user of GE Healthcare’s latest Optima MR430s. The system produces high quality images to aid in confident diagnosis and offers a low total cost of ownership in comparison to conventional systems;
• Only targeted anatomy – an arm or leg – goes inside the scanner, potentially improving comfort for patients including those with claustrophobia.
GE Healthcare today announced at the prestigious Balgrist University Hospital, Switzerland, the first worldwide installation of the Optima* MR430s, a new specialty scanner with breakthrough technology that delivers precise imaging with exceptional comfort and the 1.5T image quality radiologists require. The Optima MR430s is an extreme leap forward in MR imaging because only the targeted anatomy – whether it’s an arm or a leg – goes inside the system. It is the latest in a series of innovative health technologies designed to help provide better health to more people through GE’s healthymagination initiative.
“GE’s Optima MR430s extremity scanner certainly has patient comfort at the forefront. This new technology helps reduce patient anxiety due to its openness and delivers high quality images,” said Prof. Christian W.A. Pfirrmann, MD, MBA, Head of Institute Radiology University Hospital Balgrist.
Surprising in More Ways Than One: Optima MR430s
The Optima MR430s is a musculoskeletal MR system that delivers precise imaging of the arm, including elbow, wrist and hand, or the leg, including knee, ankle and foot, allowing the patient to recline on a comfortable padded and adjustable chair with only the targeted anatomy positioned in the system. The innovative design is patient-friendly and may provide greater peace of mind, especially for those who have trouble laying still or feel uncomfortable with a traditional MR system. And, because a more comfortable patient is less prone to accidental movement during the exam, the system helps facilitate clear and consistent images.
“Greater patient comfort with uncompromised image quality is at the heart of the design of this system,” says Jim Davis, general manager for GE Healthcare’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging business. “By making MR accessible to more patients and providing imaging that’s both advanced and cost-effective, the Optima MR430s provides a remarkably improved experience for patients.”
The Optima MR430s can help alleviate the demand on a hospital’s full-body scanner. As an addition to a busy radiology department, the system can help relieve patient backlogs to potentially boost department efficiency, offering healthcare providers a smart investment at a low total cost of ownership in comparison to conventional systems. A small footprint allows for easy siting and lower installation costs, while the lightweight magnet fits through standard doors.
About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare (gehealthcare.com) 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 leader, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems. 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.
About GE’s healthymagination Initiative
Launched in May 2009, GE’s healthymagination initiative (healthymagination.com) is focused on four critical needs: low-cost technology; healthcare IT; innovation accessible to all; and consumer-driven healthcare. GE has committed that by 2015 it will:
• Invest $3 billion in research and development to launch at least 100 innovations that will help deliver better care to more people at lower cost.
• Provide $2 billion in financing and $1 billion in technology to bring healthcare information technology to rural and underserved areas.
• Reduce the cost of procedures that use GE technologies and services by 15 percent and develop products tailored to underserved regions of the world.
• Reach 100 million more people every year with services and technologies essential for health.
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About Balgrist University Hospital
Balgrist University Hospital (balgrist.ch) is recognized worldwide as a highly specialized, leading center of excellence providing examination, treatment and rehabilitation opportunities to patients with serious musculoskeletal conditions. The clinic owes its first-rate international reputation to its unique combination of specialized medical services. The hospital’s carefully-balanced, interdisciplinary network brings together medical specialties ranging from orthopedics, paraplegiology, radiology and anaesthesiology to rheumatology and physical medicine under one roof.
 According to Radiology: Volume 251: Number 3—June 2009 Study measured relative comfort between conventional 1.5T system and 1.0T extremity scanner. “Four times more comfortable” as measured by confinement and immobilization.
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