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 wireless environment.
  • 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



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