Mexican Government to award GE Medical Systems contract for 80 mammography systems

Waukesha 01 December 2003The Instituto Mexicano de Seguro Social, a health care agency of the Mexican government, has awarded GE Medical Systems a contract to install and service 80 new mammography systems. These systems will be installed by the end of this year, enabling physicians across Mexico to detect breast cancer earlier and diagnose the disease more accurately.

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Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world and when detected in the early stage, breast cancer survival rates are much greater. With the installation of the new GE mammography systems, approximately 2000 patients every day will have access to the most advanced technologies for their exams.

"We are honoured that GE's mammography systems and services were chosen to support the fight against breast cancer in Mexico", stated Srini Seshadri, general manager, Global X-ray at GE. "Our systems apply the world's most advanced medical imaging and computing technologies to produce extremely detailed images of the breast, which enable physicians to provide the very best care to their patients."

According to the $23 million contract, GE will provide two types of mammography technologies to hospitals and medical clinics across Mexico: digital mammography and conventional mammography. The combination of these systems will provide a new level of support to physicians throughout the patient care process, from screening to diagnosing to treating breast cancer.

GE pioneered digital imaging technology, introducing the world's first full-field digital mammography system in 1999, the GE Senographe 2000D. Health care facilities in Mexico will receive the Senographe 2000D, which creates images of the breast that are so detailed that they can allow doctors to detect and diagnose breast cancer more accurately, in addition to providing digital applications such as SecondLook computer aided detection (CAD) software from CADx Systems Inc. to highlight suspicious regions and analyse them more precisely.

Beyond the proven clinical benefits, GE's digital mammography, CAD software and review workstation solution reduces exam times by approximately 50 percent and allows doctors to review the breast images within seconds of the exam. Since 2000, the clinical and productivity benefits of GE's Senographe 2000D have been presented in more than 250 medical studies and journals.

GE's conventional mammography system, the GE Alpha RT, will also be provided to support a full range of screening and diagnostic exams. The Alpha RT's image quality, compact design and ergonomics make this the mammography system of choice for many hospitals and clinics, especially those with space constraints. Its ergonomic design makes it easy for technologists to operate the system and provides a more comfortable exam for patients.

GE Medical Systems is a $10 billion global expert in medical imaging, interventional procedures, health care services, and information technology. Its offerings include networking and productivity tools, clinical information systems, patient monitoring systems, surgery and vascular imaging, conventional and digital X-ray, computed tomography, electron beam tomography, magnetic resonance, ultrasound and bone mineral densitometry, positron emission tomography, nuclear medicine, and a comprehensive portfolio of clinical and business services. More GE information is available in the VMW December 2003 article GE Medical Systems introduces AutoBone software for the Advantage Workstation.


Leslie Versweyveld

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