GE Healthcare Revolutionizes the MR Patient Scanning Experience with Silent Scan

  GE Healthcare Revolutionizes the MR Patient Scanning Experience with Silent

Innovative software removes instead of muffles noise level of MR scan for
patients worldwide

RSNA 2012

Business Wire

CHICAGO -- November 26, 2012

Today at RSNA 2012, GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) introduced the 510(k) pending
Silent Scan*, a revolutionary technology designed to address one of the most
significant impediments to patient comfort – excessive acoustic noise
generated during an MR scan. Conventional MR scanners can generate noise in
excess of 110 dBA (decibels) levels, roughly equivalent to rock concerts and
requires ear protection. GE’s exclusive Silent Scan technology is designed to
reduce MR scanner noise to near ambient (background) sound levels and thus can
improve a patient’s MR exam experience.

“Silent Scan is a huge breakthrough for the MR industry and for patients
around the world,” says Richard Hausmann, president and CEO, GE Healthcare MR.
“Excessive acoustic noise is a major cause of patient discomfort during MR
scans and GE is addressing that with Silent Scan, a new MR advanced
application and a major innovation in the healthcare industry. GE is very
serious about Humanizing MR and making its MR systems patient-friendly, safe,
and without compromise.”

Historically, acoustic noise mitigation techniques have focused on insulating
components and muffling sound as opposed to treating the noise at the source.
With Silent Scan, acoustic noise is essentially eliminated by employing a new
advanced 3D acquisition and reconstruction technique called Silenz, in
combination with GE Healthcare’s proprietary design of the high-fidelity MR
gradient and RF system electronics. Silent Scan is designed to eliminate the
noise at its source; with Silent Scan, patients will experience a more
relaxing scanning environment.

Silent Scan is one way in which GE MR is Humanizing MR and putting patients
first. GE’s MR systems deliver superb image quality and an optimized patient
experience, balancing caring design with insightful technology. Another
example of this on display at RSNA is the Optima MR430s 1.5T extremity
scanner, which allows patients to undergo an MR exam while sitting in a chair,
with Image Quality equivalent to a traditional whole body MR system.

*Silent Scan is 510(k) pending at U.S. FDA and not available for sale.

GE Healthcare at RSNA 2012

Each year in Chicago, the conference of the Radiological Association of North
America (RSNA) provides a forum for showcasing the latest innovations in
medical imaging. If you are attending the conference, please visit GE
Healthcare at booth number 5433 in McCormick Place south hall. Throughout the
week of the event, GE Healthcare will distribute news and information using
these digital platforms:

  *Digital press kit:
  *Twitter:@GEHealthcare and hashtag #GEWorks


About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that
are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging
and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems,
drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance
improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver
better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we
partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change
necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on
our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on increasing
access and improving quality and affordability around the world. Headquartered
in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company
(NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving
healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For
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