As reported in Bloomberg.Com ... General Electric Co., the world’s biggest maker of medical imaging equipment, plans to sell an ultrasound device early next year that’s about the size of a mobile phone.
“This could be the stethoscope of the 21st century,” Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt told an audience while demonstrating the device today at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.
GE Healthcare plans to use a dozen sites in Asia, the U.S. and Europe in an initial study to see how health-care personnel in three fields -- primary care, critical care and cardiology -- think the device can best be used, Omar Ishrak, CEO of the health-care unit’s systems division, said in an interview.
Immelt is doubling research into more efficient and affordable products targeted at areas including developing markets as imaging-equipment sales drop to an estimated $4.5 billion in the U.S. this year, down 31 percent from the 2003-06 average. The device, called Vscan, builds on GE’s miniaturization techniques, laptop-sized interfaces and the four-dimensional ultrasound introduced in 2002...
The device received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval last month and has a CE mark, which means it can be sold in Europe ... The product was developed by GE Healthcare’s engineers around the world, led by staff in Norway...
... The device is 75 millimeters, or about 3 inches, wide; 135 millimeters, or about 5.3 inches, long and 28 millimeters, or less than 1 inch ... Images are in color...
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