USA – GE Healthcare has received expanded FDA 510(k) clearance for its AIR Recon DL for 3D and Propeller imaging sequences.

GE says the freshly FDA-approved features are applicable to nearly all MRI clinical procedures, cover all anatomies and enable better image quality with shortened scan times.

GE Healthcare said in a news release that the solution’s compatibility expands from 2D to 3D imaging sequences.

This allows physicians to diagnose patients with an improved signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and sharpness.

Meanwhile, it said the 3D imaging provides for more clinical efficiency by eliminating the need for multiple 2D acquisitions. This potentially leads to faster diagnosis.

Air Recon DL’s benefits extend to nearly all magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) clinical procedures. The platform covers all anatomies, enabling better image quality, shorter scan times, and improved patient experience.

The upgrade additionally makes AIR Recon DL compatible with the company’s Propeller imaging sequencer. This is designed to correct for patient movement during scanning.

Propeller holds particular importance for anatomies susceptible to motion such as respiration during MRI exams.

As a result, it is of great significance to pediatric, neurodegenerative, geriatric, and claustrophobic patients who have difficulty remaining physically still during MRI scans.

This allows physicians to pick up sharper images without the need for repeat scans.

Altogether, it translates to faster patient throughput, improved scheduling, shorter exam time, and faster diagnosis.

AIR Recon DL improves MRI experience

GE Healthcare said that 100% of participants in a recent study noted better signal-to-noise ratio. Additionally, they cited better or improved image sharpness.

In that study, 99% also said that AIR Recon DL provides better or equivalent lesion conspicuity. Reports also point to up to 50% reduction in exam times, the company said.

The company now offers AIR Recon DL and recent extensions on its new MRI scanners. GE Healthcare also offers it as an upgrade for the majority of its installed 1.5T and 3.0T MRI systems.

In separate news development, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has collaborated with GE healthcare as a new ASA Industry Supporter, bolstering the work of the Society in improving patient safety and the delivery of high-quality care before, during, and after surgery.

As an Industry Supporter, GE Healthcare will help to establish a strong partnership with the anesthesiology community, strengthen collaboration between physician anesthesiologists and industry, and add to the value the Society brings to patients and the public.

Through the program, GE Healthcare will have unique opportunities to engage with leaders in anesthesiology from around the world and during major ASA events including the ANESTHESIOLOGY annual meeting and ASA ADVANCE: The Anesthesiology Business Event.

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