News | November 26, 2007

GE’s Mobile Technology Brings BMD Scanning to Rural Areas

November 27, 2007 - GE Healthcare has launched the company's new mobile system for bone mineral density (BMD) and body composition testing, to help expand the reach of healthcare to more patients while making diagnostic tools more accessible to physicians and clinicians. This is GE's first offering of its "fan-beam" X-ray bone densitometer technology in a mobile van using Dual-Energy X-ray Absorbtiometry, or DEXA scanning, to measure and calculate bone, fat and muscle mass.

The new Mobile Prodigy and other Lunar technologies are on display at RSNA.

The Mobile Prodigy contains the same features as the Lunar Prodigy to detect low bone mass and increased risk of fracture, with direct digital technology, precision and accuracy.

GE Lunar is also demonstrating technology to help physicians
measure BMD in children, as well as systems to enable licensed medical practitioners to simultaneously assess body composition and ascertain fat distribution in adults.

GE Lunar’s iDXA and Prodigy DEXA systems measure and calculate bone, fat and muscle mass for body composition analysis. Separate from BMD assessment, a new Body Composition Software system is said to help people and their physicians establish goals for weight loss, exercise and diet regimes. DEXA body composition can be useful alternative to hydrostatic weighing and skin fold measurements.

Lunar systems work by:

- Measuring the regional and whole body BMD, plus lean and fat tissue

- Calculating derivative values that can be displayed in user-defined statistical formats and trends with color image mapping, and compared to reference populations at the sole discretion of the healthcare professional.

These body composition values are useful to licensed medical
practitioners in their management of diseases and conditions where the disease and condition itself, or its treatment, can affect the relative amounts of patient fat and lean tissue. This GE Lunar Body Composition Software option does not diagnose disease, or recommend treatment regimens, or quantify treatment effectiveness. Some of the diseases/conditions
for which body composition values are useful include chronic renal failure, anorexia nervosa, obesity, AIDS/HIV and cystic fibrosis.

Lunar iDXA software also gives physicians dedicated reporting for body composition measurements and high percentage color fat mapping. Patients can easily follow the report divided into three compartments: lean mass, total body tissue percent fat, and bone density.

For more information:

Related Content

Hologic and Dexalytics to Provide Athletic Body Composition Analysis at University of Minnesota
News | Bone Densitometry Systems | February 22, 2018
Hologic Inc. announced it has signed an agreement with the University of Minnesota to be the exclusive provider of...
obesity, adolescents, bone loss, RSNA 2016 study, HR-pQCT, DXA
News | Bone Densitometry Systems | November 27, 2016
Teenagers who are obese may be doing irreparable damage to their bones, according to a new study being presented at the...
News | Clinical Trials | November 22, 2016
Teenagers who are obese may be doing irreparable damage to their bones, according to a new study presented at the..., JCAHO safety requirements, online resources, testing

Image courtesy of

News | Radiology Imaging | August 14, 2015
Radiologic technologists and radiology departments looking to meet Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare...
Hitachi Aloka, EggQus, bone densitometry, ultrasound, ECR
News | March 10, 2015
Hitachi Aloka Medical Ltd. announced the release of EggQus — a compact, portable ultrasound bone densitometry system —...

Incomplete Atypical Femur Fractures imaged with a Hologic densitometer, courtesy of Prof. Cheung, University of Toronto.

Technology | August 22, 2013
August 22, 2013 — Hologic Inc. announced the commercialization of Horizon, a redesigned DXA (dual-energy X-ray...
Sectra OneScreen RSNA 2012 Osteoporosis Women's Healthcare
Technology | December 20, 2012
In Sweden, 70,000 fractures are caused by osteoporosis every year. It is one of the most expensive diseases and is...
Technology | June 15, 2012
June 15, 2012 — Lone Oak Medical Technologies announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved...
Technology | November 07, 2011
November 7, 2011 — Sectra Breast Imaging PACS (picture archiving and communication system) streamlines workflows of...
Technology | October 19, 2011
October 19, 2011 — At RSNA 2011, Sectra will launch its OneScreen system, an online solution to identify patients in...