Arab Health 2015: Advanced Technologies to Help Kuwait Combat Non-Communicable Diseases
Kuwait is making a big push to further develop its healthcare system to meet the needs of a growing population and rising rates of non-communicable diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Building new health-care facilities and bringing cutting-edge advanced technologies to existing centers is part of the solution, and GE Healthcare is working as a partner to boost standards in the diagnosis, assessment and monitoring of disease. GE’s latest technologies will enable clinicians at several Kuwaiti health-care institutions to treat oncology, cardiology and urology patients.
These include an expansion of the Dabous Cardiac Center and the new 150-bed Sabah Al Ahmad Cardiac Center, both of which will open in 2015 with GE’s Revolution CT, designed especially for high-quality imaging of the heart and ideal for helping cater to the increased prevalence of heart disease in Kuwait.
GE also is supporting advanced technologies for the Kuwait Cancer Control Hospital, which will be the third largest oncology center in the world, with 650 beds, when it open in 2017. Solutions include the SIGNA PET/MR, GE Healthcare’s first-ever integrated, simultaneous PET/MR system. This a hybrid imaging system that combines PET — which is used to determine the speed of cancer tumor growth — and MR — which focuses on specifying the location and physical size of a tumor.
By fusing anatomical images and biochemistry data together, clinicians can gain an early indication of disease progression and a patient’s response to treatment, allowing doctors to modify the cancer treatment strategies in a way that helps improve patients’ quality of life and overall outcomes, while potentially reducing the cost burden of ineffective cancer treatment.
The Sabah Al Ahmad Urology Center, a 100-bed hospital and the first center of its kind in Kuwait, is fully equipped with GE Healthcare technology, including the GE Optima MR450w scanner, which offers a better patient experience because the area where the patient lies is wider than in conventional scanners. The accompanying GEM Suite also supports increased patient comfort, thereby helping patients to relax and reduce movement during scanning.
Finally, the Al Razi Hospital, due to open in the summer of 2015, has a focus on “extremities,” such as hands and feet, and will be equipped with GE’s latest digital radiography x-ray solutions.
GE Healthcare announced details of the agreement during Arab Health 2015, the largest healthcare exhibition and medical congress in the Middle East.
If you are at Arab Health 2015, visit the GE Healthcare pavilion at Sheikh Saeed Hall, Booth No. S3B10. Everyone else is invited to take a virtual tour of GE Healthcare’s pavilion