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U.S. FDA Clears GE Healthcare's Wide Bore CT System
May 1, 2006
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GE Healthcare today announced it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the company's new wide bore computed tomography (CT) system. This new technology, the world's most powerful 16-slice wide bore CT system, will be available in two configurations. The LightSpeed RT16 enables advanced imaging for radiation therapy planning, and the LightSpeed Xtra is a premium 16-slice CT scanner designed for radiology needs such as trauma, interventional and bariatric procedures.

As the imaging demands for Radiation Therapy planning increase, the LightSpeed RT16 is uniquely positioned to provide resolution, power and speed to meet extremely challenging clinical needs. With an extra large 80 cm gantry opening for better patient positioning, clinicians have freedom to see and access to the patient's entire anatomy.

CT has rapidly become the diagnostic imaging modality of choice because of its ability to adapt and evolve. Yet, a number of patients are unable to undergo a CT scan because of the limitation of existing systems to accurately image large patients.

According to the American Obesity Association, over 20 percent of the U.S. population is obese, with 6 million Americans morbidly obese--defined as more than 100 pounds above the recommended body weight. GE Healthcare's exclusive VT 2000 table has been optimized for accuracy of table movement when imaging large patients. Responding to the increased need to image large patients, the LightSpeed Xtra, the second configuration of GE's new Wide Bore CT technology, has gained clearance by the U.S. FDA for imaging of obese and morbidly obese patients.

LightSpeed Xtra provides exceptional image quality and productivity capabilities in a variety of clinical settings. Combined with high-speed helical imaging and wider bore, this system offers both clinical and productivity advantages for hospital emergency and trauma departments.

LightSpeed Xtra provides the foundation for improved image quality of virtually all patients at up to 800-peak mA. GE's Volara 24-bit Digital DAS (Data Acquisition System) reduces noise up to 33 percent, resulting in better image quality in signal starved areas or soft tissue low contrast. With the ability to generate 16 mm by 0.625 mm thin-slice imaging, the LightSpeed Xtra sets a new level of imaging excellence for large patients.

Responsible dose management is assured with the new 3D Dose Modulation, available on all new LightSpeed Series systems, resulting in up to 30 percent dose reduction.

LightSpeed Xtra will be compatible with GE's SmartView(TM) real-time CT Fluoroscopy technology, further enabling challenging interventional procedures, while offering the physician extended access to the patient within the 80 cm bore.

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