GE healthcare unveils new category of interventional imaging systems

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With laser-guided motion technology on a motorised mobile gantry for predictable and precise trajectories, Wide Bore 3D for ease in 3D acquisitions, and more than 20 advanced applications available, the Discovery IGS 730 is positioned for a new era of interventional procedures. The significance of this innovation to interventional imaging has been compared to that of the invention of flat panel technology.

“Our goal was to pioneer a solution that eliminates the historical trade-offs our customers had to make when selecting from the interventional imaging systems. In general, the trade-off between ceiling- and floor-mounted systems means compromising patient access for room airflow and sterility, while the choice between fixed units and mobile C-arms means compromising image quality for mobility. Now interventionalists and surgeons who perform complex minimally invasive procedures have an entirely new category of imaging system that eliminates the need to compromise: Discovery. At GE Healthcare, we believe the Discovery IGS 730 has the potential to revolutionise the field of interventional imaging,” said Hooman Hakami, president and CEO of GE Healthcare Interventional Systems.


A company release says that the Discovery IGS 730 is a revolution in imaging. It is neither floor- nor ceiling-mounted, but enables full patient access without the need to suspend the system above the patient. It has the mobility of a C-arm with the power and image quality of a fixed system. This laser-guided, motorised mobile gantry creates an interventional environment without boundaries. It allows complete access to the patient and unlimited parking capability, while creating sterility for a flexible and secure OR environment. The unique gantry comes with a new wide bore design, which allows for steep angles, ease in 3D acquisition, especially for large patients.


The Discovery IGS 730 C-arm is mounted on an Advanced Guided Vehicle (AGV), a motorised and fully mobile system. Based on laser guidance, the AGV can move freely from imaging position to parking or back-out positions, using predefined trajectories to provide total patient access. The Discovery IGS 730 features One-Touch-Back-Out, enabling fast and easy gantry movement away from the patient. The motion is predictable, precise and easy to use, allowing fine control and positioning at any moment in the procedure. Parking locations and back-out distances are customisable for different room configurations.


“My first impression was that this system will allow us to have levels of access to patients in ways we have never had before. This particular unit removes the limitations of both ceiling- and floor-mounted systems without losing any of the advantages,” said Hal Folander, chairman of the Radiology Department and Section Chief of Interventional Radiology at St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network in Pennsylvania, who has participated in clinical simulations on phantoms using the Discovery IGS 730. “Having been involved in research and development of this type of product for 25 years, I would say this is, probably, one of the most revolutionary interventional projects that I’ve seen. The innovation will be equivalent to or greater than the invention of flat panel technology for interventional procedures.”


In addition to being mobile, Discovery IGS 730 comes equipped with more than 20 advanced applications. One example is the new Wide Bore 3D application for ease in 3D acquisitions and the ability to allow off-centered 3D acquisitions to cover anatomies such as the borders of the liver during liver oncology procedures or the skin line during image-guided needle procedures.

 

The Discovery IGS 730 is 510k pending with FDA and is currently not available for sale in the United States.

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