May 26, 2023 — GE HealthCare, a leading medical technology innovator, announced today its largest ever CT deal in the United States – a $30 million order by St. Luke’s University Health Network, a nationally recognized nonprofit healthcare network, to install 21 of GE HealthCare’s innovative CT systems, powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), across their system. This order builds upon the more than 30-year relationship between the two organizations.
The new scanners will include a comprehensive suite of clinical applications, and the latest AI, through GE HealthCare’s Smart Subscription that seamlessly connects and integrates with St. Luke’s existing network. As a result, GE HealthCare will provide St. Luke’s with access to the latest CT technologies and solutions, helping to extend the life of these devices and making it a more consistent experience for patients.
“GE HealthCare is honored to partner with St. Luke’s to provide cutting-edge CT technology across their network coupled with regular software upgrades and updates to keep their fleet of CT systems up to date,” said Catherine Estrampes, President & CEO, US & Canada, GE HealthCare. “These updates will enable greater standardized care for their patients using the latest capabilities available without having to invest in additional new equipment to keep pace with the latest technology.”
St. Luke’s patients scanned on this new CT technology will benefit from faster scans[i] and sharper images[ii], a potential reduction in radiation dose from advancements in technology[iii], the capacity to better detect lesions or tissue abnormalities and to map vascular structures, and the ability to capture fine detail in the head and neck, which is critical in stroke diagnosis[iv]. These scanners also are expected to be helpful within St. Luke’s pediatric patient population, trauma cases, and especially in advanced cardiac exams by using GE HealthCare’s SnapShot Freeze technology. That technology, combined with fast rotation speed and wide coverage provided by the GE HealthCare scanners, provides the ability to image the heart with any heart rate in just one beat, which reduces the motion artifacts significantly, thus decreasing the likelihood for additional scanning.
“We can now offer the most advanced CT technology to all of the communities we serve. This provides our patients with access to this technology no matter where they go for their St. Luke’s care,” according to Dr. Hal L. Folander, Senior VP, Chief Medical Strategy Officer, Network Chairman, Department of Radiology at St. Luke’s. “This investment also allows for a faster, more informed and accurate diagnosis, with less inconvenience to patients.”
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[i] 19.5msec effective temporal resolution is achieved by a 6x improvement of motion-blur reduction while maintaining high spatial resolution as demonstrated in cardiac phantom testing. The reduction in motion artifacts at speed of .23s/rotation is comparable to a 0.039 equivalent gantry rotation speed with effective temporal resolution of 19.5 msec, as demonstrated in mechanical and mathematical phantom testing.
[ii] As demonstrated in a clinical evolution consisting of 60 cases and 9 physicians, where each case was reconstructed with both DLIR and ASiR-V and evaluated by 3 of the physicians. In 100% of the reads, DLIR's image sharpness was rated the same as or better than ASiR-V's. In 91% of the reads, DLIR's noise texture was rated better than ASiR-V's. This rating was based on each individual reader's preference.
[iii] In clinical practice, the use of ASiR may reduce CT patient dose depending on the clinical task, patient size, anatomical location and clinical practice. A consultation with a radiologist and a physicist should be made to determine the appropriate dose to obtain diagnostic image quality for the particular clinical task.
[iv] Thibault et al. “TrueFidelity™ for Gemstone™ Spectral Imaging: A new generation of spectral imaging powered by deep learning.” GE HealthCare. May 2022. https://www.gehealthcare.com/-/jssmedia/gehc/us/files/products/computed-tomography/apex-platform/truefidelity-for-gsi-whitepaper_digital_jb19879xx_v12.pdf?rev=-1&_gl=1*9drf52*_up*MQ..&gclid=CjwKCAjw9pGjBhB-EiwAa5jl3Pa6_MseEJeX-2y_kvuOf8lhK_tiWUqSpeanLXp_YGls4IdjcI_K7hoC_REQAvD_BwE