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January 26, 2010

Mayo Clinic created med scanner + Dubai medical expo

Here's an update on my favorite elastography device (OK. It's the only one that I know of) invented in Rochester.

14resoundant1jk Back in 2008, I wrote about Mayo Clinic and the creation of Magnetic Resonance Elastography, which is a completely new way to scan the human body that uses sound waves.

A team led by Mayo Clinic's Dr. Richard Ehman developed the process and a device dubbed the "Resoundant." It works as an accessory of sorts hooked onto a traditional MRI scanner.

It uses a drum-like paddle to send vibrations into a patient to determine the stiffness of tissue. A computer algorithm then interprets the results. Benchmark Electronics in Rochester started making the Resoundant. 031508resoundant2jk

Mayo Clinic partnered with the two top MRI scanner makers, GE Healthcare and Siemens Medical Solutions, to sell the device and install its software on all new MRI scanners they make. The two companies account for 82 percent of the market.

The latest news I picked up via a Kigerography® scan is that GE is displaying its model of the Resoundant  - called MR Touch (Sounds like a cousin of the iPod Touch) – at the 2010 Arab Health Expo.

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GE Healthcare, the healthcare business of General Electric Company showcased its range of new magnetic resonance  products on the opening day of Arab Health 2010 expo in Dubai on Monday.

456683301 The innovative MR portfolio complements GE’s ‘healthymagination’ initiative and is driven by the need to deliver and maintain sustainable health care globally, built on the core commitments of reducing costs and improving quality and access in health care worldwide, said its top official.

“We’ve chosen to spotlight our new MR products because they truly change the face of diagnostic imaging,” said Jim Davis, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare.

“While the economy has slowed innovation elsewhere, GE Healthcare has accelerated the pace of new breakthroughs (Since Mayo Clinic doctors invented this, I guess GE means it has accelerated its pace of buying breakthroughs - Jeff), and we believe tremendous opportunity exists ahead,” he remarked.

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Based on technology invented at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), MR-Touch extends the principles of physical palpation with a precise, non-invasive, cost- effective way to visually evaluate tissue stiffness in patients at risk for developing liver disease.

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