GE Healthcare announces the purchase of U-Systems Inc, a manufacturer of ultrasound products specifically designed for breast applications. U-Systems developed the somo•v automated breast ultrasound (ABUS), an FDA-approved ultrasound system for breast cancer screening as an adjunct to mammography for asymptomatic women with greater than 50% dense breast tissue and no prior breast interventions.

“The combination of U-Systems Inc and GE Healthcare uniquely positions GE to offer US health care providers and their patients the most comprehensive portfolio of breast care innovations on the market—from screening to diagnosis to monitoring,” said Tom Gentile, president and CEO of GE Healthcare Systems. “In addition to digital mammography and breast MR, GE can now offer breast screening ultrasound technology to our customers to help in early detection, which provides for more treatment options.”

“What 3D ultrasound will allow us to do is to help us use the information that we get from mammography and integrate that information together with the information we get from ultrasound to find more cancers,” said Rachel Brem, MD, the principal investigator of the SOMO-INSIGHT clinical study examining whether full field digital mammography along with the somo•v could improve breast cancer detection when compared to mammography alone in women with dense breasts. “Mammography is an effective tool at finding breast cancer, but it doesn’t work equally well in everyone. Recently completed studies demonstrated with the addition of somo•v ABUS we find about 30% more cancers in women who have a normal mammogram, normal physical examination, and dense breasts. For the more than 40% of women who have dense breasts, this is a significant advancement in their breast health care.”

“We are very excited to become part of GE Healthcare’s team,” said Ron Ho, U-Systems president and CEO. “The worldwide resources of GE Healthcare will allow us to expand and accelerate our efforts to commercialize the recently FDA-approved somo•v ABUS. With our combined resources and capabilities, we have the opportunity to make a significant impact on breast cancer detection and patient outcomes around the world. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to develop new technologies, products, and applications for breast cancer screening. The entire U-Systems team looks forward to joining GE.”

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.