FDA clears GE Healthcare’s Sonic DL AI tech that paces up MRI

June 6, 2023 : GE HealthCare (Nasdaq: GEHC) announced recently that it launched its currently FDA-cleared Sonic DL MRI technology.

The Chicago-based GE HealthCare developed Sonic DL as a state-of-the-art deep learning-featured technology. The company designed it to rev image acquisition in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The corporation says this platform could enable new imaging paradigms, containing high-quality cardiac MRI in a single heartbeat. It marks the most latest addition to the growth AI-enabled derivative portfolio at GE HealthCare.

The conglomerate stated in a news release that lengthy exam times limit the international adoption of cardiac MRI. The company demonstrated that current methods take too long to capture the heart’s contraction in real-time, mandating several heartbeats and multiple breath-holds to obtain images.

The time-consuming procedure also faces limitations in image quality, with degradation recreating a role. GE HealthCare spoke Sonic DL scans up to 12 times faster than conventional methods, allowing rapid cardiac MR functional imaging as fast as a single heartbeat. The company conveyed the advancement minimizes or removes the need for redundant breath holds and simplifies operations.

Sonic DL could decrease MRI scan times by up to 83%, enhancing productivity in radiology units. GE HealthCare said it streamlines workflows, relieves backlogs, and reduces staff commitment.

Dr. Gianluca Pontone named Sonic DL “a game-changer in the field of cardiac imaging.” Pontone functions as director of perioperative cardiology and the cardiovascular imaging division at Centro Cardiologico Monzino.

“Sonic DL is a paradigm change for MR enabling high-quality imaging in a single heartbeat,” stated Jie Xue, president & CEO of global MR, GE HealthCare. “It significantly expands patient access and enhances diagnostic value for patients who need it the most but hitherto couldn’t be scanned successfully. Our industry-renowned deep learning technology, AIR Recon DL, has already helped more than 10 million patients. We expect Sonic DL to further expand the lead of GE HealthCare in leveraging AI to advance healthcare and aid patients around the globe.”