General Electrics Medical (GEM) has just launched its very first systems for digital mammography in Europe. They have been implemented at the Charité Hospital in Berlin and at the Ullevål Hospital in Oslo. The first installations of the Senographe 2000D in The Netherlands are planned for next year, according to Mr. Jeff Immelt, President of GEM, which has invested $130 million in this cutting-edge technique. In fact, the digital combination of images, taken from different angles, allows doctors to better detect certain tumours than with two-dimensional x-ray techniques. Patients and government both strive to optimize prevention and early detection while hospitals aim at an enhanced productivity. Obviously, there exists a market for digital mammography, according to Mr. Immelt.
The Senography 2000D is capable of the speed, accuracy and image clarity expected to revolutionize breast cancer care. In addition, the world's first flat panel mammography system has three important characteristics: high DQE; thin profile for fast positioning; and low dose required for future advanced applications. The system's integrated information management enables the clinicians to fully leverage the productivity of digital mammography. The Senographe 2000D is designed to accommodate advanced applications, such as tomosynthesis and Computer-Aided Detection (CAD). The ImageChecker software enables to improve both the speed and accuracy of mammograms by finding features too subtle for the human eye to see.
Last June, General Electrics Medical acquired Applicare Medical Imaging, the Dutch expert in systems for electronic medical imaging and information, headquartered in Zeist. Only recently, Business News Radio announced that Philips Medical Systems would form the next target to be acquired by GEM. Philips claims to have a market share of about 60% in the field of medical imaging devices, twice as much as Siemens. In turn, GEM has a turnover of $6 billion, making this company the largest player worldwide in the area of medical image processing. GEM constitutes a division of General Electric. The Automatisering Gids has served as a news source for this article. In VMW's July 1999 issue, you can read the acquisition story GE Medical Systems to fetch in medical software technology with Applicare Medical Imaging.