by John R. Fischer
, Senior Reporter | September 03, 2021
GE Healthcare has introduced a new X-ray system designed to help avoid technologist injuries by reducing lift force by up to 70%.
Over 70% of technologists incur some form of musculoskeletal stress and strain injuries throughout their career. Equipped with a first-of-its-kind power-assisted Free Motion telescoping column, AMX Navigate also uses workflow solutions such as Zero Click Exam to automate workflow and reduce user interface interactions for setting up and processing exams.
“No one is more familiar with the ins and outs of X-ray imaging than technologists,” said Katelyn Nye, general manager of mobile X-ray and artificial intelligence at GE Healthcare, in a statement. "That’s why we worked closely with them to design new features focused on removing the stress and strain of the technologist’s everyday workflow — from the positioning of a portable X-ray for an exam, to its overall maneuverability from the emergency room to the operating room to the patient’s bedside."
The company studied a range of portable X-ray systems in clinical settings to incorporate observations about this stress and strain into the design of AMX Navigate. The system also boasts a small footprint for enhanced maneuvering and easy positioning in tight spaces.
The Zero Click Exam feature’s bar code reader matches patients to the worklist, while another feature, Auto Protocol Assist, automatically chooses the right protocol. These streamline technologist workflow and eliminate up to 100% of user clicks. In addition, the system has QuickEnhance one-touch reprocessing for line visualization and AutoGrid to improve image turnaround time without degrading image quality. Integrated together, the two enable images to be processed completely in less than 10 seconds.
AMX Navigate can also detect critical conditions and assess ET tube placement with GE’s Critical Care Suite 2.0, a collection of AI algorithms that automate measurements, prioritize cases and control quality. On-screen quality checks are provided via Quality Care Suite.
“I have been an X-ray technologist for nearly thirty years and have experience with the strain that occurs from performing multiple X-ray exams daily,” said Jennifer Murphy, radiology manager of St. Luke's University Health Network, which helped develop AMX Navigate. “From its sleek design that makes it easy for technologists to navigate, to the dynamic screen that wastes no space to provide clear, high-quality pictures — this new system is easy to use and saves time when minutes matter, which is the ultimate goal for clinicians working to provide patients with the best care possible.”
GE recently agreed to combine
some of its other X-ray systems, along with its CT, MR, ultrasound, mammography and PET technologies, with SOPHiA GENETICS’ cloud-based software-as-a-service analytics genomic insights platform. The combination will help better target and match patients with treatments based on their genomic profiles and cancer types, thus personalizing care. GE’s Edison Platform is also included.