GE recently released a new version of their Encore software. This new version offers a feature that was previously only available to do with a CT.
"This feature will change the perception of bone density", Jeff Rubinoff, Vice President of Complete Medical Services, commented.
The new feature is Corescan. This allows the user to determine the Visceral Fat.
Definition: Visceral Fat: Visceral fat or abdominal fat also known as organ fat or intra-abdominal fat, is located inside the abdominal cavity, packed between the organs (stomach, liver, intestines, kidneys, etc.).
An excess of visceral fat is known as central obesity, or "belly fat", in which the abdomen protrudes excessively. The correlation between central obesity and cardiovascular disease is strong. Excess visceral fat is also linked to type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, inflammatory diseases,and other obesity-related diseases.
Being able to test for Visceral Fat goes a long way from traditional bone density testing. However, it allows private practice physicians as well imaging centers and hospitals to significantly improve patient care while decreasing overall costs.
The cost to run a bone density scan is minimal as compared to operating a CT.
All costs associated with using a CT are more. The power consumption and technician costs are significantly more with a CT.
Operating a bone density system is easier than taking an x-ray, and the technical knowledge can be taught in less than 1/2 a day. Power consumption is minimal as the system uses regular 220v or 110v power.
GE introduced this game changer to the market. Complete Medical Services is taking full advantage of this amazing feature and will be actively promoting.