Chicago, IL — GE HealthCare (Nasdaq: GEHC) is further advancing its precision care strategy with CT-Navigation, which offers clinicians detailed, real-time, 3D computed tomography (CT) images for stereotactic needle guidance across an array of care areas, including interventional and oncological procedures as well as biopsies, ablations, drainage, therapeutics and more.
Interventional radiology – and specifically interventional CT – plays a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Providing highly detailed images of internal structures – such as bones, organs, and tumors – CT-guided interventions can assist clinicians in performing minimally invasive procedures that guide stereotactic needles through the anatomy to biopsy or deliver treatment directly to affected tissue. As a result, interventionalists benefit from greater visibility and confidence in needle placement, while patients benefit from more accurate and precise care.
“Consistent and accurate ‘navigation’ through the body is key in delivering precision care,” explains Prof. Laura Crocetti, associate professor of Radiology, Division of Interventional Radiology, University of Pisa in Italy and deputy chairperson of the European Conference on Interventional Oncology (ECIO)[i]. “CT-Navigation is an intuitive technology that helps us achieve this by enabling clinicians to select and follow an out-of-plane trajectory for a safer path that avoids critical organs and reaches deep-located targets with impressive accuracy, while reducing procedure time and possibly radiation dose. Altogether, it helps us ensure better patient outcomes while expanding the boundaries of our practice."
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While many of today’s CT-guided solutions require that interventionalists take multiple control scans and awkwardly position themselves and the needle inside the gantry of a CT system – increasing the risk of radiation exposure to the clinician – CT-Navigation enables a more comfortable and safe experience. Instead of working wholly within the CT system’s narrow bore, interventionalists using CT-Navigation can simply place a sensor on the patient inside the gantry. After scans are complete and the patient is removed from inside the system, interventionalists have full range of motion while navigating a needle more easily and safely through the patient’s anatomy using the placed sensor and detailed CT images.
“To achieve precision care, we must provide clinicians with the tools and insights they need to deliver the right treatment, at the right time, to the right patient,” explains Jean-Luc Procaccini, President & CEO, Molecular Imaging & Computed Tomography, GE HealthCare. “CT-Navigation does just that – acting as an anatomical GPS for interventionalists to use and care for patients with increased ease and accuracy. We are thrilled to now increase global access to this innovative solution and its many clinical benefits to healthcare systems around the world.”