|15 October, 2019

Kuwait Images Diagnostic Center first in region to introduce GE Healthcare's AI-based MRI solution to better diagnose heart disease

Approved for use in Kuwait, the introduction of the advanced solution in Kuwait sets Images Diagnostic Center apart as an MRI center of excellence in Kuwait

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GE Healthcare and its partner, Advanced Technology Company (ATC), marked an important milestone in the provision of advanced diagnostic services in Kuwait with the launch of the region’s first Artificial Intelligence cloud-based MRI post-processing solution at Images Diagnostic Center.

Images Diagnostic Center recently became the first official GE Magnetic Resonance Imaging show site in the Middle East. With the introduction of GE Healthcare’s advanced ViosWorks, powered by ArterysTM, Images Diagnostic Center highlights the superior breadth of its diagnostic services that are now available for patients and healthcare practitioners.

According to the World Health Organization*, non-communicable diseases are estimated to account for 72% of all deaths in Kuwait.  Nearly 41% of the total NCD deaths can be attributed to cardiovascular diseases.  Cardiac MRI is a non-invasive medical test that allows physicians to see if the heart has been damaged from a heart attack, or if there is a lack of blood flow to the heart muscle because of narrowed or blocked arteries.

The new ViosWorks extends cardiac MR assessment beyond the anatomy by providing a comprehensive cardiovascular solution in a fraction of the time of conventional cardiac scans. Providing 3D cardiac anatomy, function, and flow in 1-free breathing, the 8-minute scan with cloud-based, real-time processing of images in resolutions that were previously unattainable alters cardiac imaging dramatically with excellent diagnostic results. It is a simplified solution for patients, technologists and clinicians.

Images Diagnostic Center has always strived to be the first to offer state-of-the-art diagnostic services to patients in Kuwait. It started with the introduction of the GE Optima 450 32 channel system, a wide-bore platform enabled with noise reduction technology that improves patient experience and accessibility. Today, the Center owns four GE MR systems with the latest platforms in 1.5T and 3.0T: SIGNA Architect, SIGNA Pioneer, SIGNA Artist, and SIGNA Voyager.

Tamer Khalaf, Marketing & Applications Director, Magnetic Resonance (MR), GE Healthcare in the Eastern Growth Markets, said: “Through our industry-leading technology we are helping redefine the patient care experience and advancing the precision of diagnostics services. The introduction of ViosWorks, a path-breaking innovation to Kuwait at the Images Diagnostics Center, will enhance cardiovascular diagnostics and enable practitioners to identify critical medical conditions at an early stage. Our aim is to deliver the MR solutions of ‘tomorrow… today’ and as an early adopter of cutting-edge technology, Images Diagnostic Center is setting the standard of healthcare diagnostics in Kuwait.”

Dr. Yahya Slaiman, owner of Images Diagnostic Center, said: “Since our inception, we have prioritized the introduction of next generation technology in our practice to ensure that our patients and the wider healthcare community can benefit from timely and accurate diagnosis. The addition of GE Healthcare’s advanced MR solutions help us deliver better patient care, and we will continue to invest in advanced solutions that ensure we continue to serve as center of excellence for diagnostic care in the region.”

Ghassan M. Mamlouk, CEO, Advanced Technology Company added: “Images Diagnostic Center is a true healthcare pioneer in Kuwait’s private sector, passionate about delivering the most timely, accurate diagnostic services to patients. It is rare to have both GE MRI with ViosWorks in one facility; it is a clear indication of the commitment the Center to scaling up its resources and delivering high quality service.”

GE Healthcare has a strong history of presence in Kuwait, having delivered the range of advanced healthcare technologies including healthcare IT systems, CT and MRI devices to public and private hospitals in the country.

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