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Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

Digital radiography x-ray joins GE’s ecomagination

GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company, announced its first line of digital radiography x-ray products from the company to be recognized as ecomagination offerings, based on the systems' energy and operational efficiency.

Ecomagination is GE's commitment to imagine and build innovative technologies that help customers address their environmental and financial needs. A GE Healthcare digital radiography x-ray system has the potential to reduce energy consumption by 4,300 kWh or 78%, and save approximately $100,000 USD per year in productivity and material costs based on US national averages.

The company's digital x-ray technology enables digital image review, thereby eliminating the film and chemicals used by an analog processor. Avoiding the need of analog film processing also removes the need to purchase, handle and dispose of processing developer and fixer chemicals.

A GE Healthcare digital x-ray room is designed to replace two GE analog x-ray rooms, saving energy and space, and avoiding water and chemical use for film processing, while maintaining the same imaging volume.

"With this line of radiology systems, we are providing clinics a cost savings and opportunity to reduce their environmental impact," said John Dineen, president and CEO of GE Healthcare.

"By replacing our analog x-ray with GE digital systems, we have reduced our water and energy costs by eliminating the need to use analog film processing," said Ken D'Arrigo, Administrator from Orthopedic Care Specialists, Inc., in Easton, M.A. "We have also seen an increase in volume of imaging and overall throughput with the digital systems."