GE Tuesday Technology Brief.
FAIRFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 10, 2001
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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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