Shhhhhhhhhh GE Healthcare’s Revolutionary Silent Scan Technology takes MRI Noise from a Rock Concert to a Whisper

  Shhhhhhhhhh GE Healthcare’s Revolutionary Silent Scan Technology takes MRI
  Noise from a Rock Concert to a Whisper

Spectrum Health in Michigan is the world’s first hospital to dramatically
quiet MRI exams with Silent Scan, a new technology that improves the patient

Business Wire

WAUKESHA, Wis. -- September 12, 2013

Today GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) reported that Silent Scan, a revolutionary
technology that dramatically quiets MRI exams, is now commercially available
and growing in clinical adoption around the world. Silent Scan addresses one
of the most significant impediments to patient comfort — excessive acoustic
noise generated during an MRI scan. Conventional MRI scanners can generate
noise in excess of 110 decibels, roughly equivalent to rock concerts and
requiring ear protection. GE’s exclusive Silent Scan technology is designed to
reduce MR scanner noise to ambient (background) sound levels and improve a
patient’s MRI exam experience.

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GE Healthcare has been obtaining user feedback on Silent Scan from several
customers in the United States, including Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids,
Mich. Dr. Mark DeLano of Spectrum Health was the first to implement the
technology in the world as part of a research collaboration with GE

“It is very exciting to be able to offer this technology to our patients at
Spectrum Health,” said DeLano. “The response from our patients has been very
gratifying. They tell us that the Silent Scans are essentially silent compared
to conventional MRI scans. This reduces their anxiety about the procedure. We
are particularly looking forward to providing this to our pediatric patients,
claustrophobic patients, and our patients being scanned in the operating room
where the noise of the traditional MRI can be disruptive. Better communication
is better medicine. Silent Scan enables this - whether it is a parent
comforting a child in the scanner or staff administering the exam.”

Noise is one of the major complaints from patients who undergo an MRI exam.
Historically, medical manufacturers have addressed the noise issue by usinga
combination of acoustic dampening material or performance degradation to
reduce the noise level. With Silent Scan, a radically new type of 3D MR
acquisition, in combination with proprietary high-fidelity gradient and RF
system electronics, noise is not merely dampened; it is virtually eliminated
at the source.

With Silent Scan, patients and families will be able to experience a more
relaxing scanning environment even being able to converse during the scan.
Silent Scan is available on GE’s 1.5T and 3.0T systems currently available for
routine head examinations.

“GE is serious about humanizing MRI and making its MRI systems
patient-friendly, safe, and without compromise,” said Richard Hausmann,
president & CEO of GE Healthcare, MRI. “Silent Scan puts patients first.
Thanks to positive feedback from some of the nation’s leading healthcare
providers, we look forward to helping our customers deliver better MRI
experiences for many more patients around the world.”

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to
meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable
healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter - great
people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging,
software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery,
biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement
solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare
to their patients.

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