GE introduces a hyperpolarizing system for research use


General Electric (GE -0.1%) introduces SPINlab, a Carbon-13-based hyperpolarizing system that enables researchers to visualize metabolic activity at the cellular level using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The system simplifies MRI-based metabolic research by providing reliable access to hyperpolarized compounds in a dedicated unit.

The system enables the non-invasive real-time study of biochemical changes in disease processes by improving the sensitivity of MRI more than 20,000-fold.

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  • duhaus
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    Ummm okay . . that sounds good . . I think.
    13 May 2014, 01:22 PM Reply Like
  • mcoli
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    I wonder how many of these units they will sell.
    13 May 2014, 04:42 PM Reply Like
  • ernstphall
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    This sounds phenomenal and should well well to researchers and universities around the world - until the Chinese or Indonesians figure out how to copy it.
    13 May 2014, 05:04 PM Reply Like
  • synergistic_serendipity
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    Similar in concept to PET radiotracers but much less harmful to the patient/subject. Different application/focus. Challenge is product is extremely short lived. Another tool in the arsenal. Minimal bottom line impact, potential impact on research. Possibly moving to clinical applications some day aka molecular imaging. Polarization has been around for research purposes for a while now. A major player developing a purpose built system suggests there may be legs here eventually.
    13 May 2014, 05:44 PM Reply Like
  • gkarpeck
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    English please...
    13 May 2014, 10:41 PM Reply Like
  • synergistic_serendipity
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    This is another tool in the toolbox of the medical and imaging systems researcher. Long term, this may become an adjunct to MRI imaging systems in the clinical and diagnostic market, but only ever as an add on.

     

    Don't invest based solely upon this news. Invest in GE because this is yet another confirmation that GE continues to invest in R&D in one of their core businesses. This is not simple technology. In the world of GE, this has minimal, if any, bottom line impact. This is good news for medical researchers. Long term, this has the POTENTIAL to drive additional uses for MRI in the clinical market.

     

    Disclosure: I don't own shares of GE, nor do I intend to in the foreseeable future.
    14 May 2014, 09:31 AM Reply Like
  • David INC.
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    So,- it's a supercharger for the MRI machine. We have to stay ahead of these diseases...it's bad when we can't treat a disease at all because we don't know how it's behaving. the doctor tells you-"Sorry, there is no effective treatment for you - well have to just remove the infected areas of your body."
    14 May 2014, 11:40 PM Reply Like
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