GE showcases advances in cardiac care at ACC congress
GE Healthcare, the UK-headquartered healthcare division of GEC,
highlighted several significant advances in cardiac care at the American
College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting in Orlando, Florida, including:
- The first cardiology-specific installation of GE's next-generation
volume computed tomography (CT) scanner, the LightSpeed VCT. The
installation at Round Rock Cardiology, an independent cardiology
practice near Austin, Texas, marks the first installation intended
exclusively for cardiac applications by a cardiologist.
- The third all-digital heart hospital in the United States built from
the ground up by GE is under construction and slated to open in autumn
2005. The Pepin Heart Hospital and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., is
a $40 million, 120,000 square-foot digital hospital that will integrate
GE's clinical and IT systems to create a paperless, filmless and
- Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh is researching alterations in
genetic expression in heart muscle cells after myocardial infarction
using GE's CodeLink(TM) system. A more complete understanding of the
changes activated by myocardial injury could enable the development of
new therapies to preserve heart muscle before it deteriorates.
"GE is an industry leader in diagnostic imaging, information technologies
and contrast agents — we are combining our expertise in all of these areas
to benefit cardiologists and cardiac care," said Laura King, Global Vice
President, Interventional, Cardiology and Surgery at GE Healthcare. "GE is
committed to listening to and learning from cardiologists, and then
designing and building, from the ground up, innovative cardiology
technologies based on their clinical needs."
"ACC is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate GE's increasing leadership
role in the cardiology industry," said King. "As the world's leading
diagnostic company, our unique capabilities will enable us to usher in a new
era of cardiac care through innovative, personalized technologies and
clinical applications that cardiologists will use to enhance their
efficiency and improve patient care."
Source: GE Healthcare