Investment in new technology will help hospital deliver better care to more patients
Positions Honvéd Hospital to meet healthcare needs of the future
Budapest, Hungary - 14 May, 2015 - Hungarian Defence Forces Medical Centre (Honved Hospital), Budapest, Hungary and GE Healthcare today held a joint celebration to mark the inauguration of two new, innovative CT scanners in the hospital. The GE Healthcare Revolution™ EVO and Revolution™ GSI scanners, which will be used by the hospital to help guide care for a wide range of patients, were officially unveiled by Defence Minister, Csaba Hende and Minister of Health for Hungary, Dr. Gábor Zombor together with Major General István Szabó, Commander, Honvéd Hospital and Mr. Vasilis Sakkas, Region General Manager at GE Healthcare. The HUF 500 million investment in new medical imaging technologies from GE will help clinicians at the hospital offer better care to more patients – supporting the diagnosis and evaluation of numerous conditions such as trauma, stroke, cancer and coronary artery disease. The scanners, which are the first of their type in Hungary, offer a number of advantages over previous generation GE technology, positioning Honvéd Hospital to meet and support the future demands of country’s healthcare system.
Welcoming guests to view the new scanners, Major General István Szabó said, “The new CT devices which are serving the work of the MH Healthcare Centre of Honvéd Hospital and the Central Radiological Diagnostics Department also symbolize our commitment towards the continuous infrastructure development of the Centre, to increasing the number of patients, as well as to advancing Hungarian healthcare. Our determined aim is to preserve the role of Honvéd Hospital as a top hospital in the region."
The GE Healthcare Revolution™ EVO has been designed to drive increased productivity and patient throughput in busy medical imaging departments, helping improve workflow by up to 40%1, allowing more patients to be seen in less time. The high quality of the scanner’s images allow clinicians to see fine anatomical details, providing a pathway to a quick confident diagnosis. In line with recent European directives on reducing patients’ exposure to radiation from X-rays, the scanner is equipped with technology2 that can help reduce dose by up to 82% compared with earlier generation technologies.
From the same family of scanners, the GE Healthcare Revolution™ GSI helps make clinical excellence routine, delivering consistently high-definition imaging and expanding diagnostic capabilities for diseases such as cancer and heart disease. The scanner enables clinicians to take CT beyond classical anatomical assessment to quantitative tissue characterization and advanced functional imaging.
“We’re delighted that the diagnostic imaging team at Honvéd have chosen these GE technologies for their hospital”, said Vasilis Sakkas. “We share a vision that new technology can position radiography departments for the future, ready to meet ever increasing demands on our healthcare systems. Our mission at GE is to introduce innovations that help clinicians work more productively while delivering the best possible care for their patients. These new scanners will help enable the hospital to meet the healthcare needs of today and tomorrow.”
1. Actual results may vary depending on the circumstances, including but not limited to, exam type, clinical practice, and image reconstruction technique. This information was based on a simulation using the GE Healthcare Optima* CT660 device and is presented for illustrative purposes only.
2. In clinical practice, the use of ASiR-V may reduce CT patient dose depending on the clinical task, patient size, anatomical location and clinical practice. A consultation with a radiologist and a physicist should be made to determine the appropriate dose to obtain diagnostic image quality for the particular clinical task.
About GE Healthcare Hungary
GE Healthcare began operations in Hungary in 1997 as a trade representative of the local business. Today, at its regional sales and service centre for Central and Eastern Europe, GE Healthcare has over 400 employees. In 1999 the research and development of clinical applications began and the expansion is ongoing. The world-class research and development centres in Budapest and Szeged currently employ more than 200 software engineers, developing technologies that help clinicians combat cancer and cardiovascular diseases. GE Healthcare’s advanced imaging software aims to help doctors diagnose pathological changes more accurately and at an earlier stage.
About GE in Hungary
General Electric (GE) has been successfully operating in Hungary since late 1989. Today, GE is one of the largest U.S. employer and investor, as well as the largest exporter of Hungary, with a contribution of its 2,000 key supplier base. GE’s 21st century infrastructural improvements of energy, transportation, healthcare, water management and lighting solutions increase the competitiveness of Hungary. The key to GE’s activity is the cooperation with its partners, local communities, business and academic communities and the government.
About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter - great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients. www.gehealthcare.com