01 Aug GE Healthcare lands Virginia Health System deal
Waukesha, Wis. — GE Healthcare reported Monday that it has signed a multi-year agreement with the University of Virginia Health System to develop new, minimally invasive surgery techniques.
Virginia Health System doctors will use GE Healthcare’s surgical navigation tools, the InstaTrak 3500 Plus and OEC 9800 Plus to research less invasive methods of therapeutic and surgical intervention for the brain and spine.
“This research agreement is the beginning of an important relationship between the University of Virginia and GE Healthcare,” said Joe Hogan, president and CEO of GE Healthcare, based in Waukesha. “The results of this study will enhance surgical technologies and deliver new, less invasive technologies that will improve physician efficiency and patient care.”
GE Healthcare and the University of Virginia plan to expand the research partnership ultimately to new non-invasive techniques like image-guided focused ultrasound techniques, Hogan said.
“This continued research agreement will allow us to improve interoperative visualization, or our ability to see tumors in the brain and spine more precisely,” said Neal Kassell, professor and co-chair of neurosurgery at the University of Virginia.