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FAIRFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 10, 2001


 1. NEXT GENERATION GE MAGNETIC RESONANCE SCANNER RECEIVES FDA
 CLEARANCE FOR WHOLE-BODY IMAGING

 2. GE GLOBAL EXCHANGE SERVICES AND ENTERWORKS TEAM TO PROVIDE
 PLATFORM FOR BUSINESS PROCESS INTEGRATION

 3. NEW ULTRASOUND TECHNOLOGY CHANGING THE WAY DOCTORS LOOK AT
 HEART DISEASE

 4. NORTHWEST AIRLINES PLACES LARGE ORDER WITH BOMBARDIER FOR GE
 CF34-POWERED REGIONAL JETS



 NEXT GENERATION GE MAGNETIC RESONANCE SCANNER RECEIVES FDA
 CLEARANCE FOR WHOLE-BODY IMAGING

 Medical professionals anticipate a wide range of clinical benefits
 through higher speed and outstanding image quality and detail

 GE Medical Systems announced that its 3.0 Tesla magnetic resonance
imaging system has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration for whole-body imaging. This is the first and only 3.0T
whole-body system commercially available.
 Medical professionals who have used the Signa 3.0T whole body
system, installed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston,
say it opens multiple new diagnostic possibilities, including
potential for helping physicians with earlier detection of pathology.
The 3.0T system has twice the magnetic field strength of 1.5 Tesla
systems, which are commonly used today, offering twice the signal to
noise ratio at equivalent scan times.
 A year ago, GE engineers, working with the Beth Israel Department
of Radiology, acquired the first body images with the 3.0T system,
using a whole-body coil developed at GE's Corporate Research and
Development Center. Since then, investigators at Beth Israel have been
exploring the clinical possibilities of 3.0T whole-body imaging.
 The team has overcome the concerns that have existed for years
about the use of 3.0T MR for body imaging, according to Dennis Cooke,
General Manager of Global MR at GE.
 "When we introduced 1.5T in 1984, the belief in the industry was
that it would not be possible to image at field strengths greater than
0.5T," Cooke says. "This time around, the belief in the industry was
that 3.0T would never be practical for body imaging."
 "What stands out on the 3.0T system is the excellence of body
imaging for routine clinical work. It is now clear that 3.0T is the
future of high field clinical MRI. The quantum leap in scan speed and
image detail will permit new advances in a wide range of
applications."

Contact: Patrick Jarvis, (262) 544-3668, patrick.jarvis@med.ge.com


 GE GLOBAL EXCHANGE SERVICES AND ENTERWORKS TEAM TO PROVIDE
 PLATFORM FOR BUSINESS PROCESS INTEGRATION

 New software platform will help companies develop intelligent
applications that automate and control virtually any business process

 GE Global eXchange Services, a global leader in
business-to-business Internet commerce, and Enterworksa, Inc., a
leading provider of supplier enablement software, announced the
availability of an electronic commerce software platform for business
process integration. The new platform facilitates the development of a
wide range of applications that help companies measure process
performance, remove bottlenecks, increase supply chain visibility and
proactively escalate issues to the correct decision-makers.
 GE Global eXchange Services (GXS) and Enterworks have jointly
developed an interface that connects GXS's integration brokers, GE
InterLinx and Enterprise System(TM), with Enterworks Process
Integrator(TM). Enterworks Process Integrator automates the flow of
tasks and information in complex business processes within an
enterprise and between any number of buyers and suppliers, greatly
improving the speed and effectiveness of the value chain. The
resulting software platform facilitates the automation and performance
reporting for virtually any business process involving people, with
the additional capability of importing and exporting data from diverse
back-office systems within the enterprise and between trading
partners.
 "The collaboration between Enterworks and GXS will let businesses
use a single solution to reliably integrate enterprise systems and
manage business processes, leading to greatly increased supply chain
efficiency," said Steve Scala, GXS's vice president of integration
solutions. "In addition, GE InterLinx and Enterprise System(TM)
customers can now enhance their existing data integration applications
by mapping and managing processes, from end to end, that generate the
transactions flowing through their integration brokers."
 Available now, the new software platform can be used in
conjunction with global professional services - provided by GXS
through its strategic relationship with PricewaterhouseCoopers - to
build custom-tailored applications for modeling, executing, monitoring
and tracking supply chain processes between Fortune 500 companies and
their trading partners. These processes include procurement workflow,
warehouse logistics, exception handling, electronic payments,
materials planning and project management.

Contact: Jim Fowler, 301/340-5875, Jim.Fowler@gxs.ge.com


 NEW ULTRASOUND TECHNOLOGY CHANGING THE WAY DOCTORS LOOK AT
 HEART DISEASE

 Physicians from around the globe share clinical experiences with
 new imaging technique at GE-sponsored symposium in Seattle

 An international panel of experts presented information on their
experiences using the latest techniques to evaluate wall motion of the
heart at a special symposium hosted by GE Medical Systems in Seattle,
Washington. A major focus of the symposium was the use of Tissue
Doppler imaging to quantify cardiac function.
 Dr. G.A. Derumeaux, Head of the Echocardiography Lab at Hopital
Charles Nicolle in Rouen, France was among the distinguished
international presenters at the symposium. Dr. Derueaux summarized the
position of many of the speakers, pointing out that "Tissue Doppler is
an exciting new technology that has the potential to bring the
advantages of digital echocardiography to the clinical cardiologist."
 Among the most difficult imaging procedures to learn and perform,
the evaluation of ventricular function is a pivotal component of
echocardiography and is extremely important in the helping doctors
identify heart disease and understand the patient's prognosis.
Historically, studies of heart motion and wall thickening were
evaluated on a subjective basis.
 Last year, GE introduced Tissue Tracking, a breakthrough Tissue
Doppler technology that can be used to quantify the systolic
displacement of the heart's walls. Tissue Tracking is a major
development in the use of Ultrasound to assess left ventricular
function because it enables medical professionals to view real-time
left ventricular displacement using tissue velocity image-based,
color-coded, quantitative tissue overlays.
 "Tissue Tracking from GE helps physicians quantify what they are
seeing for the first time," said Omar Ishrak, vice president and
general manager of GE Medical Systems' Ultrasound business. "Attendees
at the symposium gained a better understanding of the importance of
left ventricular assessment by echocardiography and the importance of
the limitations in performing this important diagnostic procedure."
 The symposium, held just prior to the American Society of
Echocardiography, was attended by more than 100 cardiologists and
sonographers. A complete description of the course and biographies of
the presenting physicians can be found at
www.gemedicalsystems/vivid5.com.

Contact: Tom Beckman, (414) 647-6613, Tom.Beckman@gems.com


 NORTHWEST AIRLINES PLACES LARGE ORDER WITH BOMBARDIER
 FOR GE CF34-POWERED REGIONAL JETS

 Northwest Airlines has ordered 75 Bombardier CRJ440 regional
airliners powered by GE CF34-3B1 engines in an engine order valued at
more than $300 million. Delivery is scheduled to begin in July 2002.
 The CRJ440 is a 44-seat variant of the CF34-3B1-powered CRJ200.
Northwest also secured options to purchase 25 more CRJ aircraft
beginning in 2006. In addition, Northwest received certain option
rights for the purchase of an additional 150 GE-powered CRJ aircraft.
The potential value of the firm engine orders and options is more than
$1 billion.
 These aircraft will join 54 GE-powered CRJ200 airliners ordered by
Northwest in February 1999.
 "We are particularly pleased to receive follow-on orders such as
this," said Frank Klaus, general manager of the Small Commercial
Engine Operation of GE Aircraft Engines, "for they reflect the
customer's satisfaction with our product and the support we provide."
 CF34-3 series engines, which entered revenue service in 1992, have
established a record of industry-leading reliability and performance
while accumulating more than 7 million engine flight hours. The
continued popularity of the engine, as evidenced by more than 1,700
orders and 1,500 options, has prompted a production increase to more
than 400 engines this year.

Contact: Rick Kennedy, (513) 243-5805

 GE, with 2000 revenues of $130 billion, is a diversified
technology, services and manufacturing company with a commitment to
achieving customer success. GE operates in more than 100 countries and
employs 313,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the
company's Web site at http://www.ge.com
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