St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo installs Barco’s latest multi-modality displays

Medical imaging specialist Barco has received a significant order from GE Healthcare to supply Coronis Fusion 6MP DL diagnostic displays to St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo, Japan. The new displays will enable radiologists to visualize diverse clinical modalities on a single workstation, rather than on separate monitors. The 6 MegaPixel displays will be supplied through Toyo Corporation, Barco's local distributor in Japan.

As a long-term user of Barco medical imaging products, St. Luke's International Hospital has an outstanding reputation in medical care, nursing, clinical preventive services, education and research. Under a recent Centricity* PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) project with GE Healthcare, the hospital upgraded to Barco's next-generation display system, Coronis Fusion 6MP DL.

“We were in search of a high-brightness display solution that could deliver multi-modality viewing without compromises,” explains Dr. Hiroko Tsunoda, Director of the Radiology Department. “When we first tried out the Barco Coronis Fusion 6MP DL at the JCR 2008 congress, we were very impressed by its outstanding image quality, both in color and grayscale. This diagnostic versatility makes it possible to read grayscale, color-enhanced and fused images side-by-side, on a single workstation, which makes it a perfect fit for our requirements.”

The multi-modality capabilities of the Coronis Fusion 6MP DL are a direct result of the product's exceptionally high contrast ratio of 800:1. “It means that dark black levels are truly black and bright white levels are truly white, even from a wide viewing angle. This has a very positive effect on our diagnostic confidence and precision,” clarifies Dr. Katsunori Oikado, radiologist at St. Luke's. “During our daily reading sessions, we also take great benefit from the system's ultra-fast image processing power, which allows us to load and review large, multi-slice studies very smoothly and efficiently”, Dr. Oikado adds.

In addition to the multi-modality PACS displays, St. Luke's will also deploy the Barco Coronis 5MP Mammo system, a dedicated display solution for digital mammography and other modalities such as MRI, CT and Ultrasound. The 5MP systems will present the hospital's radiologists with high-resolution grayscale images, characterized by superb contrast and perfect geometry.

“Both GE Healthcare and St. Luke's International Hospital are convinced that Barco's latest multi-modality displays complement the hospital's recent Centricity* PACS deployment perfectly,” says Clarence Wu, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT, Asia Pacific. “With the Barco Coronis Fusion 6MP DL and 5MP Mammo system running alongside our powerful PACS for acute and ambulatory care, St. Luke's will now be able to extend its cutting edge in medicine and technology with picture-perfect visual clarity.”

*GE, the GE Monogram, Centricity and imagination at work are trademarks of General Electric Company.

About St. Luke's International Hospital

St. Luke's celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2002 and continues to explore the cutting edge of medicine and technology. Following the adoption of a centralized team care system organized by major illness, the Gynecology Center, the Heart Center, and the Breast Center were established. In 2003, SMILEIII, an integrated hospital information system, was introduced to capitalize on the emerging integration of information technology and medicine. This centralized information system significantly enhances inpatient care and other services. St. Luke's looks ahead to the next century with excitement and enthusiasm, eager to build upon its past strengths and to continue to develop new ways for serving its patients and the improvement of public health.

About GE Healthcare

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 46,000 people committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries.

About Barco

Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with about 3,300 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of euro 725 million in 2008.

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