Oncology specialists connect and interact with each other throughout the cancer care continuum, all with the goal of providing the best possible care for their patients. GE Healthcare, the health business of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), showcased today a number of new tools designed specifically for the needs of radiation oncologists at the 53rd Annual American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida, taking place from Oct. 2-6, 2011.
GE Healthcare offers a wide portfolio for oncology and a strategy that combines cellular research, medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, and information technology. These innovative technologies help the oncology community increase their understanding of the causes and progression of cancer and help physicians make more personalized cancer treatment and management decisions.
“Cancer affects us all. Oncology care is about making connections,” said Paul Anderson, General Manager of Oncology for GE Healthcare. “In oncology it’s about making the connection between the disease, the treatment, the patients and the multidisciplinary clinical team. GE Healthcare continually breaks new ground, partnering with hospitals and physicians to better manage patients’ needs throughout the cancer journey.”
Recently, GE launched a global healthymagination commitment to deliver better care to 10 million patients by 2020 through $1 billion in dedicated R&D investment aimed at accelerating cancer treatment progress through innovation.
MD Connect workflow
Recent advances in oncology imaging and targeted therapies have made it possible to treat cancer more effectively. More precise and targeted treatment, coupled with earlier detection, has led to a remarkable improvement in five-year, disease-free survival rates for cancer patients. Yet, these new technologies generate more sophisticated and detailed information that is used throughout the care cycle. For caregivers and clinicians, this translates to a more complex workflow for processing, connecting, and collaborating across the continuum of oncology care.
“Complex treatments are placing an increased demand on imaging,” added Anderson. “MD Connect offers to greatly improve productivity and collaboration by connecting the radiation oncology staff and the whole multidisciplinary care team with the information and applications they need—anywhere at any time.”
MD Connect is a new, innovative thin client solution designed for oncology that addresses the need for seamless workflow. MD Connect provides fast access to a complete portfolio of applications—via virtually any networked computer. These applications include sophisticated tools for virtual simulation, 3D image fusion, 4D motion management, as well as tools to stage and monitor treatment effectiveness, and more. All these tools are designed to transform the complex into routine and the routine into more efficient.
MD Connect also integrates with the EclipseTM treatment planning platform from Varian Medical Systems, all on one desktop, as well as other DICOM based treatment planning platforms. Compliant with the IHE-RO standard, MD Connect interoperates across a multitude of different oncology systems and manufacturers.
New wide-bore Radiotherapy (RT) Simulation CT systems
GE’s new wide bore RT portfolio—including the Discovery* CT590 RT and Optima* CT580 RT—is dedicated to meeting both current and future oncology demands for accuracy, enhanced visualization, complex patient positioning and monitoring with productive workflow. These cutting-edge CT systems are designed specifically with treatment planning in mind and help physicians address increasingly specialized imaging needs.
“This new RT platform represents yet another step toward more patient-centered, user-friendly medical imaging for oncology,” said Swami Narasimhan, General Manager, CT Oncology. “Designed to offer enhancements in precision and workflow while delivering accurate image detail, these systems are ultimately about helping physicians deliver high quality cancer treatment across the entire therapy process.”
Built from the ground up and flexible in a variety of radiation oncology settings, the new RT systems are powered by the latest in GE CT technology. For example, the Discovery CT590 RT offers an automated 4D video organ motion recording feature which captures organ movement to better adapt future radiation therapy treatments.
“As new treatment technologies emerge in RT, there is an increasing need for intuitive imaging systems supported by robust clinical applications and reliable service,” said Randy Hemingway, Administrative Director of Radiation Oncology at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. “Our new Discovery CT590 RT with Advantage 4D and Advantage SimMD offers just such benefits—helping us improve workflow with accuracy as we seek optimal clinical outcomes that best meet our patients’ needs.”
Pinpointing Radiation Therapy with the precision of premium wide bore MR
GE Healthcare’s premium MR systems deliver the high spatial integrity required for radiation oncology with an expansive 50 cm field of view that accommodates imaging out to the edge of the skin. Built on a fully redesigned wide-bore MR platform, these systems feature advanced applications for rapid acquisition of high-resolution isotropic MR images, dynamic contrast enhanced imaging and advanced workflow, to help physicians to characterize disease, plan treatment options, target tumors, preserve healthy tissue and assess response to therapy. Integrated with the MR Radiation Oncology Suite and GEM Suite of coils, GE’s wide-bore MR solution for radiation therapy allows MR imaging in the treatment position for prostate, brain/head & neck and gynecological tumors and provides full interoperability with industry-leading fusion and treatment simulation software programs.
“Our goal in MR radiation oncology is to help clinicians target and treat patients’ cancer without harming the healthy tissue surrounding it,” said Sandra Shave, MR Oncology Product Manager at GE Healthcare. “While there are many options, only MR can provide excellent soft tissue contrast, functional, metabolic and dynamic imaging, all with no radiation, and we have a fully customizable and comprehensive MR radiation oncology solution designed to take advantage of the latest MR technologies.”
New GEM Express patient table and posterior array
The new GEM Express patient table is a mobile patient transport with an embedded high-density, posterior RF coil array. The integrated posterior array, with uniquely sized elements, helps optimize prostate image quality. It enables clinicians to image the patient in the treatment position, without compromising image quality. It also supports both head-first and feet-first imaging for all anatomies and can help eliminate the need to reposition patients within an exam, as well as the need for coil exchanges.
Come visit the GE Healthcare booth (#2112) at ASTRO 2011, the most attended oncology forum worldwide, held this year in Miami Beach, Florida from October 2-6, 2011.
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