GE Healthcare and Boston Scientific Collaborate on Cardiovascular Imaging

Monday, October 13, 2008 General News
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WAUKESHA, Wis. and NATICK, Mass., Oct. 13 GEHealthcare (NYSE: GE) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) market leader BostonScientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced a collaboration thatenables improved intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) workflow between the GEHealthcare Innova(R) Cardiovascular X-ray System and the Boston ScientificiLab(R) Ultrasound Imaging System. The iLab and Innova Systems will both befeatured at the October 12-17 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT)Scientific Symposium in Washington, D.C.

The Innova(R) System is the world's most trusted family of all-digitalcardiovascular imaging systems. The Innova X-ray imaging systems provide userswith excellent image quality with industry leading dose efficiency. Built onGE's industry leading Innova digital detector, the Innova System helpsphysicians clearly visualize fine vessels, precisely place stents andsuccessfully perform critical procedures. Cardiologists in the cardiac cathlab use it when performing procedures to view and treat potential coronaryartery blockages that could cause heart attacks or other seriouscardiovascular damage. The system is designed to provide cardiologists withmore information than ever before, resulting in better diagnosis and treatmentof cardiovascular disease.

"Instilling greater clinical confidence by delivering high performance,reliability and value to our customers is at the core of everything we do,"said Jayant Saha, General Manager, Interventional Global Marketing for GEHealthcare. "IVUS has proved to be an important and indispensable diagnostictool in interventional cardiology. Boston Scientific, a leading IVUS solutionsprovider, and GE look forward to offering the technological advances in thefield of IVUS to our joint customers and the patients they care for."

The Boston Scientific iLab(R) Ultrasound Imaging System can be directlyinstalled into the cardiac catheterization lab or radiology suite alongsidethe GE Innova X-ray System, enabling physicians to more readily incorporateIVUS technology into their procedures. With IVUS, a tiny catheter is insertedinto the heart or into a vessel where high-frequency sound waves reflect offtissue or vessel walls. The reflected sound waves create a cross-sectionalimage from within the vessel or heart to aid in visualizing vessel and heartstructure. IVUS is an important tool in determining treatment options becauseit is designed to offer a more complete picture from inside the artery orvessel and helps to optimize stent outcomes.

"Our cath lab has been a GE and Boston Scientific customer for over eightyears. We recently installed an iLab system alongside our GE cath lab and havefound that the use of both technologies has improved the ease of use inperforming IVUS," said Francis Boucek, M.D., of Naples Community Hospital, FL.

"Any time two leadership companies like GE Healthcare and BostonScientific pair together to offer workflow improvements, the patientbenefits," said Hank Kucheman, Senior Vice President and Group President ofBoston Scientific's Cardiovascular business. "The best technologies in thecardiovascular imaging business just got better and with our continuedcollaboration, GE Healthcare and Boston Scientific will bring best-in-classpatient care to physicians around the world."

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and servicesthat are shaping a new age of patient care. Our expertise in medical imagingand information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems,performance improvement, drug discovery, and biopharmaceutical manufacturingtechnologies is helping clinicians around the world re-imagine new ways topredict, diagnose, inform, treat and monitor disease, so patients can livetheir lives to the fullest.

GE Healthcare's broad range of products and services enable healthcareproviders to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurologicaldiseases and other conditions earlier. Our vision for the future is to enablea new "early health" model of care focused on earlier diagnosis,pre-symptomatic disease detection and disease prevention. Headquartered in theUnited Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $17 billion unit of General ElectricCompany (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 46,000 peoplecommitted to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at

About Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer ofmedical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventionalmedical specialties. For more information, please visit:

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