GE Healthcare’s latest CT technology launches in Vietnam

Today, GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), put the spotlight on the early detection of cancer by presenting its latest Optima CT660 scanner to Quang Ninh General Hospital.

The scanner is among the latest cancer detection technology and is the first GE Healthcare’s 128-slice in Vietnam. Applying the ASIR (adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction) technique allows Optima CT660 CT scanner to reduce the noise in an image and improve image quality for wide range of applications. More importantly, it has a comparatively lower radiation dose delivered by a typical abdominal CT scan in Vietnam.

This new-generation scanner combines advanced innovations from GE Healthcare’s Discovery and LightSpeed models. Clinicians can get fast, high-quality results at an optimized dose for a full range of ages and body types across a wide spectrum of procedures including cardiac, angiography, brain, chest, abdomen, orthopaedic, and more.

“GE’s latest CT scanner has been shown to be an effective front-line screening tool for cancer,” said Lawrence Chia, modality manager, CT of GE Healthcare ASEAN. “Quang Ninh hospital can now screen patients with a lower dose of radiation which will allay concerns, attract more patients to be screened and ultimately save thousands of lives each year.”

The number of new cancer cases in emerging countries is increasing at a worrying rate due to pollution and other lifestyle factors such as smoking, less exercising, unhealthy diet. In 2011, 4.8 million people out of 7.1 million cancer cases died. Almost of them were from emerging countries such as Vietnam. This presents a challenge for proper diagnosis, especially in provincial hospitals where patients have limited access to high-tech scanners.

GE Healthcare, with offices in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, has seen positive growth in its Ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) business segments. GE Healthcare is committed to helping Vietnam’s hospitals deliver quality and affordable care to patients.

Hoang Anh (vir.com.vn)