GE HealthCare has received a $30m order from US-based St. Luke’s University Health Network for the installation of 21 artificial intelligence (AI)-powered computerised tomography (CT) systems.

GE HealthCare’s scanners will provide a wide range of clinical applications. Its Smart Subscription will enable seamless integration with St. Luke’s existing network, empowering the scanners with regular AI and software updates.

The availability of continuous technology updates will extend the life of these CT devices and enhance the patient experience.

GE HealthCare US and Canada president and CEO Catherine Estrampes said: “GE HealthCare is honoured to partner with St. Luke’s to provide cutting-edge CT technology across their network coupled with regular software upgrades and updates to keep their fleet of CT systems up to date.

“These updates will enable greater standardised care for their patients using the latest capabilities available without having to invest in additional new equipment to keep pace with the latest technology.”

The new CT technology helps in detecting lesions or tissue abnormalities, as well as mapping vascular structures.

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It also allows to capture intricate details within the head and neck, which play a critical role in diagnosing strokes.

The CT technology enables faster scans and sharper images, while future advancements may provide the potential to reduce radiation dose.

The scanners are anticipated to be beneficial for paediatric patients, trauma cases and advanced cardiac exams through the deployment of GE HealthCare’s SnapShot Freeze technology.

Furthermore, the automated motion correction technology, along with the GE HealthCare scanner’s fast rotation speed and wide coverage, allows one to capture a complete image of the heart in a single heartbeat, regardless of the heart rate.

St. Luke’s chief medical strategy officer and senior vice-president Dr Hal Folander said: “We can now offer the most advanced CT technology to all of the communities we serve. This provides our patients with access to this technology no matter where they go for their St. Luke’s care.

“This investment also allows for a faster, more informed and accurate diagnosis, with less inconvenience to patients.”