Artificial intelligence technology behind advanced gaming and driverless cars powers new GE healthcare ultrasound system
OREANDA-NEWS. In the lead up to the European Congress of Radiology, GE Healthcare today announced the commercial launch of its new generation of high-end radiology ultrasound system, the LOGIQ™ E10. This fully digital system integrates artificial intelligence technology, cloud connectivity, and advanced algorithms to acquire and reconstruct data faster than ever before. As a result, it enables confident diagnosis with comprehensive tools and concise workflow.
“We perform an average of 30 ultrasound exams every day and more than 1,000 ultrasound-guided interventional procedures in a year for which we need advanced tools to guide us,” says Dr. Knut Brabrand, head of the ultrasound at the department of radiology at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet. “I’ve noticed an impressive and significant improvement in image quality with the LOGIQ E10. We achieved a better penetration with high frequency transducers. As a result, I was able to spot tiny lesions in the liver that I have not seen with our previous technology. The image was focused at all times - eliminating the need to look for focal zones, and the B-Flow technology allowed me to clearly visualize the blood flow. Ultimately, it gives us, as the clinicians, improved diagnostic confidence particularly in difficult cases.”
With today’s increasing patient volumes, the LOGIQ E10 adapts to contemporary challenges – and anticipates those of tomorrow – by leveraging technologies to create incredibly detailed images in real-time:
- Artificial Intelligence Technology: The same technology that is powering driverless cars and the next generation of 3D video gaming is now used in the new generation of intelligent medical devices. It is also behind this ultrasound system’s platform – the cSound™ Architecture. This advanced GPU hardware technology acquires and reconstructs data in a similar way to an MRI or CT system, enabling 48 times the data throughput and 10 times the processing power of previous systems. The cSound™ Architecture is so powerful that it can process an amount of data equivalent to playing two entire DVDs in just one second, in real-time. The system eliminates the need for focal zones, as the entire image is always in focus throughout the exam.
- Digital Offerings: With hospital systems growing and expanding their geography, many ultrasound exams are now read by a clinician not on site. The new Photo Assistant App enables users to photograph relevant anatomy and include the photos with the clinical images sent to the radiologist, providing valuable context and documentation. Another tool – called remote clinical application – allows radiologists to manipulate the ultrasound’s settings with a remote control on their tablet or smart phone. Clinicians can also analyze how the system is being used with a web-based secure portal or get assistance remotely.
- Cloud Connectivity: Providing a new way for clinicians to connect with their colleagues and patients, Tricefy™ from Trice Imaging adds cloud-based image sharing, diagnostic collaboration, remote viewing, archiving and Electronic Health Record (EHR) integration.
“Our engineers have come up with an entirely new way to create an image with image formation algorithms that are software based and allow for further development in the future,” said Brian McEathron, general manager of GE Healthcare General Imaging Ultrasound. “From liver, OB/GYN and breast imaging to musculoskeletal and interventional radiology, ultrasound has the potential to dramatically improve patient care. We are confident that the LOGIQ E10 will lead that transformation, improving imaging for patients from head to toe – no matter their age or size.”
As the next iteration of GE Healthcare’s most commercially successful ultrasound system, the LOGIQ E10 empowers clinicians to take advantage of digital advances to improve exam efficiency and user productivity with comprehensive tools and concise workflow.