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GE showcases new 3D C-arm technology among other new solutions at RSNA

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | December 02, 2020
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OEC 3D enables surgeons to view a patient's anatomy in 2D and 3D during procedures (Photo courtesy of GE Healthcare)
GE Healthcare used the RSNA annual meeting as its launching point into the $200 million 3D surgical imaging market, unveiling OEC 3D, a C-arm designed to provide surgeons with 2D and 3D views of a patient's anatomy during operations.

“Typically the surgical environment is mostly using 2D. This opens up the ability during the procedure to see the anatomy in 3D reconstruction. As they're working on the patient and doing an intervention, they get a much better 360 degree view of what they’re doing,” Mark Phillips, chief marketing officer for diagnostic imaging at GE Healthcare, told HCB News.

The solution is designed to integrate seamlessly into existing surgical workflows and is equipped with a 3D image reconstruction engine that is meant to provide high-resolution volume reconstructed CT-like images. These scans are expected to allow surgeons to visualize exactly where they are operating in 3D so they can be precise in their actions.
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OEC 3D was among 27 new products and features released by GE at RSNA this year, with many aligned with its focus on COVID-19 care. For example, the company's Critical Care Suite 2.0 solution now comes with Endotracheal tube positioning, the first AI algorithm built on its Edison platform that ensures endotracheal tubes are placed correctly for radiographs. “A lot of COVID patients, unfortunately, have to be incubated, so it’s important at the point of care to make sure that tube is placed properly,” said Phillips.

New features can also be found on the Edison Platform, including Open AI Orchestrator, a solution designed to help customers choose the best Edison applications to buy based on their workflow needs. Others can be seen on GE's Revolution Apex platform, with new innovations tied to its TrueFidelity applied to GSI (spectral imaging). This includes the new Quantix 160 X-ray tube, which helps with enhanced GSI or kV/mA synchronized switching, and its Gemstone Clarity Detector, which provides 512-slice whole organ coverage and enables one beat cardiac imaging at any heart rate.

An additional solution to look forward to is the FDA-pending Allia IGS 7, a redesigned image-guided therapy suite which helps interventionalists perform tasks naturally in their own personalized workspace. Philips calls it a "personal operator profile. They can set up their own touch panel interface, the controls are now immediately next to where the operator situates him or herself, and the natural movements of the gantry are done with hand detection technology and auto positioning. It’s a very cool technology to help streamline those interventional procedures.”

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