New Portable X-ray from GE Addresses Technologist Stress and Strain

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GE Healthcare introduced the AMX Navigate, a new portable, digital X-ray system designed with a first-of-its-kind power-assisted Free Motion telescoping column that reduces lift force by up to 70% to significantly reduce technologists’ musculoskeletal (MSK) stress and strain injuries. The US FDA-pending system also streamlines workflow with features like the Zero Click Exam solution, which automatically matches the patient to the worklist and selects the correct exam protocols. The company says this can eliminate up to 100% of user interface clicks while helping ensure every patient gets the right exam at the right time.

With technologists often experiencing some form of MSK stress and strain injuries over the course of their career, GE conducted clinical observational research on a variety of portable X-ray systems. These insights led to a new design focused on improving the user experience. The system’s small footprint facilitates enhanced maneuverability and easy positioning, even in the tightest spaces.

The Zero Click Exam feature on the AMX Navigate streamlines technologist workflow with the help of a barcode reader that matches the patient to the worklist, and Auto Protocol Assist that automatically selects the correct protocol for the patient. These features work in conjunction with others to eliminate up to 100 percent of user clicks. The seamless integration of QuickEnhance one-touch reprocessing for line visualization and AutoGrid also improve image turnaround time without compromising image quality completing the image processing time in under ten seconds.

“No one is more familiar with the ins and outs of X-ray imaging than technologists,” explains Katelyn Nye, General Manager, Mobile X-ray and Artificial Intelligence, GE Healthcare. “That’s why we worked closely with them to design new features focused on removing the stress and strain of the technologist’s everyday workflow – from the positioning of a portable X-ray for an exam, to its overall maneuverability from the Emergency Room to the Operating Room to the patient’s bedside. Already, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive – with many X-ray technologists saying our new system addresses their core needs unlike ever before.”

GE Healthcare’s Critical Care Suite 2.0,7 a collection of AI algorithms for automated measurements, case prioritization and quality control, is also embedded onto the AMX Navigate platform offering on-device artificial intelligence that automatically identifies critical conditions and assesses ET tube placement. In addition, Quality Care Suite (QCS) provides onscreen quality checks to the technologist to help improve image quality and workflow efficiency.

“I have been an X-ray technologist for nearly thirty years and have experience with the strain that occurs from performing multiple x-ray exams daily,” says Jennifer Murphy, Radiology Manager of St. Luke's University Health Network - a collaborator engaged in the development of the AMX Navigate. “I’m excited about how the AMX Navigate is designed to improve the user experience and reduce exam time. From its sleek design that makes it easy for technologists to navigate, to the dynamic screen that wastes no space to provide clear, high-quality pictures – this new system is easy to use and saves time when minutes matter, which is the ultimate goal for clinicians working to provide patients with the best care possible.”

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New Portable X-ray from GE Addresses Technologist Stress and Strain.  Appl Radiol. 

By News Release| September 02, 2021

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