GE Healthcare acquires ultrasound breast screening products manufacturer

11 November 2012 (Last Updated November 11th, 2012 18:30)

GE Healthcare has acquired U-Systems, a manufacturer of ultrasound products for breast applications, for an undisclosed sum.

GE Healthcare has acquired U-Systems, a manufacturer of ultrasound products for breast applications, for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition includes U-Systems' somo v automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) system, designed for screening breast cancer as an adjunct to mammography in asymptomatic women with greater than 50% dense breast tissue and no prior breast interventions.

Women with dense tissue in 75% or more of the breast have a risk of breast cancer four to six times as great as the risk among women with little or no dense tissue, according to a published study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

SOMO-INSIGHT clinical study principal investigator Dr Rachel Brem said the 3D ultrasound system allows to use the information obtained from mammography and combines this information with the information recorded from ultrasound to detect more cancers.

"Mammography is an effective tool at finding breast cancer, but it doesn't work equally well in everyone," Brem said.

"Recently completed studies demonstrated with the addition of somo-v ABUS we find about 30 percent more cancers in women who have a normal mammogram, normal physical examination and dense breasts.

"For the more than 40 percent of women who have dense breasts, this is a significant advancement in their breast healthcare."

U-Systems president and CEO Ron Ho said the resources of GE Healthcare across the world will facilitate the company to expand and accelerate its efforts to commercialise the recently FDA-Approved somo v ABUS system.

"With our combined resources and capabilities, we have the opportunity to make a significant impact on breast cancer detection and patient outcomes around the world," Ho said.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to develop new technologies, products and applications for breast cancer screening."