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GE Healthcare

The World's Most Innovative Companies 2018

GE Healthcare develops both hardware and software technologies that solve some of the most pressing problems in healthcare. It has divisions devoted to everything from surgical tools to data-sharing solutions for hospital groups. As a leading maker of medical diagnostic equipment, in 2017 it introduced a new mammography system to detect breast cancer. Spotting breast cancer early reduces the risk of dying from it by 25% to 50%. But because of the discomfort associated with getting an annual mammogram, as many as 40% of women in Europe and 30% in the U.S. skip screenings. GE tasked a team of women at its design lab outside Paris with reinventing the mammogram experience, and they came up with Senographe Pristina, a 3D mammography system that gives patients a remote control to adjust the amount of compression used during an exam. Senographe Pristina’s design also changes the way a patient is positioned—rather than gripping handles, which tenses pectoral muscles and impacts image quality, they lean comfortably on armrests, which relaxes the muscles.

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headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
Competition: IBM
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