GE HealthCare will exclusively distribute a vendor-agnostic, multi-modality nCommand Lite system, provide remote patient scanning support and remote access, and allow remote experts who can provide real-time guidance to the licensed technologist


The nCommand Lite includes multi-modality capabilities. (Credit: Dmitriy Gutarev from Pixabay)

Brazilian medical device maker IONIC Health has received the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) approval for its nCommand Lite technology.

nCommand Lite includes multi-modality capabilities including magnetic resonance (MR), computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography/CT (PET/CT) scanning.

The vendor-agnostic, multi-modality nCommand Lite system will be exclusively distributed by GE HealthCare, which will also provide remote patient scanning support and remote access.

GE HealthCare will also provide its ability to connect to remote experts who can provide real-time guidance to the licensed technologist operating the scanner.

GE HealthCare imaging platforms and digital solutions senior vice president and general manager Rekha Ranganathan said: “GE HealthCare is committed to continued investment in the rapidly growing space of remote operations through innovation and strategic collaborations that support the current and future needs of healthcare institutions.

“Our goal is to provide remote operations solutions that lead to increased access for patients, including patients who may require complex care and support from an off-site expert technologist.

“Additionally, we recognize that healthcare systems are not only looking to leverage the skills of one expert across multiple physical locations for knowledge sharing and training but have an imaging fleet that includes multiple vendors and modalities, so it was critical for us to expand our remote operations portfolio by adding IONIC Health’s nCommand Lite technology.”

GE HealthCare offers solutions to streamline workflows and ease the burden of staff shortages, to assist with remote scanning, training, protocol management, and collaboration.

To further enhance its remote operations, the company signed an exclusive distribution agreement with IONIC Health in November last year.

IONIC’s nCommand Lite system is designed to enable off-site experts to remotely provide real-time guidance to the licensed technologist operating the scanner.

The system comes with vendor-agnostic, multi-modality capabilities and provides a differentiated remote scanning solution to streamline workflow across disparate imaging fleets.

In addition, the technology allows a remote user to connect with multiple scanners and is designed for low bandwidth consumption for an optimised user experience, and collaboration.

IONIC Health CEO and co-founder José Leovigildo Coelho said: “We are thrilled that our nCommand Lite solution, built on the three-year-strong nCommand platform from Brazil, is now cleared for use in the US.

“Developed with multi-modality and multi-vendor functionalities and high-end technology to scale and tackle staffing shortages, nCommand Lite enables broader access to expert technologists.

“Through our continued collaboration with GE HealthCare, we hope to make the nCommand technology available to more regions across the globe in the future.”