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GE Healthcare Collaborates With Tesla Engineering Ltd. to Produce Ultra High-Field 7.0T MRI Systems for Research Institutions
|By Business Wire
|May 12, 2014 03:46 AM EDT
Today at the joint meeting of the International Society for Magnetic
Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and the European Society for Magnetic
Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB), GE Healthcare and Tesla
Engineering Ltd. announced that they will collaborate together to
produce 7.0 tesla (7.0T) human whole-body magnetic resonance imaging
(MRI) scanners, and build upon the ten year history of GE innovations in
this advanced, technical field.
These ultra high-field MRI systems are used for scientific and medical
research, primarily for morphological and functional imaging of the
brain while steadily expanding to all anatomies. Researchers using ultra
high-field scanners hope that their research will contribute to earlier
disease detection, more accurate diagnosis and increased effectiveness
of investigational therapies for disorders and diseases such as cancer,
stroke, epilepsy, drug abuse, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease,
Huntington’s disease, attention deficit disorder, multiple sclerosis,
head injury, visual disorders and schizophrenia.
Tesla Engineering Ltd. is currently building a new factory in
Storrington, UK to manufacture the 7.0T magnets. They have recruited
several key engineering and management staff with extensive experience
in the design and manufacturing of ultra high-field magnets. The first
unit from the new production line is committed to GE and scheduled to
ship in late 2015.
“This agreement will enable GE to deepen and broaden our collaborations
with leading MRI academics and visionaries, sharing our collective
expertise and missions in technology, science and medicine,” said
Richard Hausmann, president and CEO of GE Healthcare, MR. “The GE 7.0T
community in the US, Europe and Asia has already demonstrated
breakthrough observations and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease,
traumatic brain injury and cognitive physiology. Together, we will
continue to push the frontiers of MRI for neuroscience and other
“Tesla is very pleased to collaborate with GE and to take a leadership
position in the continuing evolution of MR magnet technology,” said Mike
Begg, group managing director, Tesla Engineering Ltd. “This is a solid
business opportunity for us that complements and builds upon our
existing strengths in superconducting magnet technology, as well as our
strong core technology positions in cryogenics.”
About Tesla Engineering Ltd.
Tesla Engineering Ltd. is a company dedicated to the design and
manufacture of resistive and superconducting electromagnets for science,
medicine and industry. Our magnets include bending and focusing magnets
for particle accelerators, specialised gradient coils for use in MRI and
advanced magnets for emerging markets such as fusion, renewable energy
sources, semi-conductor processing and cancer therapy. Tesla Engineering
Ltd. aims to precisely match our products to the customer's requirements
in terms of performance, price and delivery. We have been designing and
building accelerator elements since 1973 and our team includes some of
the most experienced magnet designers and builders in the world.
About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and
services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and
more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on
things that matter - great people and technologies taking on tough
challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and
diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing
technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps
medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.
GE Healthcare’s Commitment to Neurology
Between 2010 and 2020, GE Healthcare plans to invest over $500 million
in research into neurological disorders. The investment crosses all
lines of GE Healthcare's global business and focuses on developing new
neurology diagnostic solutions, educating consumers, and expanding
research already in progress. Target areas include diagnosing
post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's
disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, concussion and traumatic brain
injury. For decades, GE Healthcare has produced diagnostics scanners,
imaging agents and software to help physicians see more clearly inside
the brain and aid better patient management. In 2013, a $60 million
investment with National Football League to develop new MR technology
for traumatic brain injury was announced, including a $20 million Global
Challenge to advance diagnosis and prognosis of mild TBI.
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