health care giants in southeastern Wisconsin have joined forces in a
huge way. Aurora Health Care and GE Healthcare have revolutionized the
way cardiologists view the heart and treat patients with new 4-D
cardiovascular ultrasound technology that debuted this past summer.
Imagine being able to get a 360-degree view of a patient’s heart
without having to do open heart surgery.
the first site that GE approached with the engineering team to look at
it, to help modify it, and to help co-develop it," says Dr. Bijoy
Khandheria, cardiologist at Aurora Health Care who’s also in charge
of the echocardiographic laboratory team.
the revolutionary software developed by GE took more than five years
to develop and uses algorithms to collect large amounts of ultrasound
data. The result is a high-quality image of the heart from all sides.
This isn’t always possible with other types of cardiac diagnostic
cSound technology has helped significantly reduce the number of
inconclusive exams, resulting in more precision heart care," says
Al Lojewski, general manager of cardiovascular ultrasound at GE
Aurora St. Luke’s
Medical Center in Milwaukee reportedly became the first hospital in
the world to implement the new technology last June after months of
testing. The diagnostic ability is far more superior with cSound for
those suffering from valve problems or heart muscle disease, according
to Khandheria. With the new technology, doctors also have the ability
to view the heart in real time and in four dimensions, improving all
Aurora, this is the state of the art, and we try to provide this
imaging technology to every patient that comes into the echo
laboratory," says Khandheria.
has 15 of the new diagnostic imaging devices in use throughout its
network, and all indications are that the technology will eventually
become the global standard when it comes to cardiac care. Since
launching cSound, GE has been shipping and selling the technology all
over the world.
really good adoption both in the United States and Europe. We were
just approved in Japan in September. Some of the countries in Latin
America will be approved by the end of this year (2015)," says
partnership between GE and Aurora to bring new technologies to market,
like cSound, has been in place for decades. With more than 100
engineers and doctors at work, this software-based technology is a
platform for the future of heart care and will continue to improve
year after year. GE believes the biggest advances will come with
overall ultrasound image quality as engineers develop new software
"I think we’re
just at the beginning here," concludes Lojewski.