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GE Medical Imaging Technology To Aid Early Diagnosis Of All Competing Olympic Athletes At The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

April 29, 2017

GE Healthcare, the US$17 billion healthcare business of General Electric Company (GE), is working with medical leaders in the Olympic Movement to advance the use of innovative medical imaging technologies to provide insight into athlete health, as well as benefits for the general public. The company will supply a broad array of medical technologies, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and electrocardiogram (ECG) to the Olympic Village General Hospital. In addition, three National Olympic Committees, including China, U.S. and Spain, and two Sports Federations will use GE Healthcare's compact ultrasound technology.

In line with GE Healthcare's 'Early Health' vision and its commitment to sports medicine, these technologies will assess the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health of Olympic athletes before, during and after the Beijing Games.

''At GE Healthcare, when it comes to health and sport, we believe in saying 'the sooner the better,'" said Joe Hogan, GE Healthcare President and CEO. ''Athletes push their bodies to the limit everyday, which deserves and requires vigilant health monitoring. The simplicity and speed offered by our innovative medical imaging technology helps clinicians acquire an accurate diagnosis when it's most crucial, early on. This helps answer the question of whether an athlete can stay in competition and could mean the difference between winning the gold and an unnecessary trip to the emergency room.''

Supporting Olympic Games Medical Facilities In and Around Beijing

GE Healthcare will equip the Olympic Village General Hospital, which will offer comprehensive healthcare for all Olympic athletes and officials, with 308 MAC 1200 ECGs for use at Olympic venue sites. Additionally, the hospital will be equipped with the only five ultrasound systems and two MRI systems available at the Beijing Games.

Throughout Beijing, most of the 24 official Olympic Games hospitals will be equipped with GE technology providing additional medical support during the Games to accommodate an influx of more than one million visitors and journalists to the city's 15.2 million inhabitants.

''We are confident that the medical services provided at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will provide effective, high-quality treatment for all teams,'' said Prof. Dai Jianping, Deputy Head of the Games Services Department of the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee (BOCOG). ''For most athletes, the Olympic Games is the culmination of a lifetime of training for what could be a 30-second opportunity to win a gold medal. In support of these athletes, BOCOG works with the top leaders in the medical industry, like GE, to provide the very best equipment, services and care.''

Learning from Olympic Athletes through Medical Research Programs

Continuing efforts begun for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, GE Healthcare is working with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) on two clinical research studies using advanced ultrasound. The first program is a cardiac clinical research study, led by Dr. Malissa Wood at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where researchers are developing a cardiac fitness index that will help trainers and coaches understand how cardiac adaptations impact performance of high-endurance athletes. The second program, supported by Dr. Marnix van Holsbeeck from the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, is studying how musculoskeletal ultrasound scans can identify weaknesses in an athlete's musculoskeletal structure before an injury occurs.

''We've been scanning the knees and hips of U.S. Olympic athletes, looking for asymptomatic lesions,'' said Dr. van Holsbeeck, Division Head, Musculoskeletal Radiology, Henry Ford Hospital. ''These lesions might not cause the athlete any pain but damages can be caused by continuing to train, and that is why it is so important to find the abnormalities early. The compact ultrasound system can easily travel with the teams to track and monitor these lesions throughout the Beijing Games.''

Providing Advanced Technology to National Olympic Committees and Sports Federations

GE Healthcare is providing advanced imaging technologies to the following National Olympic Committees and Sports Federations:

The Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) is using two MAC 5500 resting ECG, one Dash 4000 bed-side monitor and one CASE Cardiac Testing System (including the T2100 treadmill). Performing regular ECGs on Chinese Olympic athletes will be an easy, non-invasive way to measure an athlete's heart beat, establish a baseline and assist physicians in detecting any possible abnormalities.

The Spanish Olympic Committee, French Judo Federation and Italian Fencing Federation will utilize the LOGIQ e, GE Healthcare's compact ultrasound system which has high quality imaging capability, operates on battery power alone for approximately one hour, and is easily carried to where it's needed, when it's needed due to its compact size. Used as first point of care on competing athletes, this tool will allow clinicians to achieve early diagnosis of athletes' tendon or ligament injuries.

About GE and the Olympic Games

GE is the exclusive provider of a wide range of innovative products and services that are integral to staging a successful Olympic Games. GE works closely with host countries, cities and organizing committees to provide infrastructure solutions for Olympic venues including power, lighting, water treatment, transportation and security, and to supply hospitals with ultrasound and MRI equipment to help doctors treat athletes. In addition, NBC Universal, a division of GE, is the exclusive U.S. media partner of the Olympic Games, with its partnership also extending through 2012. For more information, please visit ge/olympicgames.

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, performance improvement, drug discovery, and biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies is helping clinicians around the world re-imagine new ways to predict, diagnose, inform, treat and monitor disease, so patients can live their lives to the fullest.

GE Healthcare's broad range of products and services enable healthcare providers to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases and other conditions earlier. Our vision for the future is to enable a new "early health" model of care focused on earlier diagnosis, pre-symptomatic disease detection and disease prevention. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $17 billion unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 47,000 people committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at gehealthcare.

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