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High-tech devices improve healthcare

By Liu Jie (China Daily)

09:50, April 16, 2012

An image seen through a CT scanner at an international medical equipment exhibition in Beijing. Domestic makers are challenging foreign big names as the Chinese market expands. [Photo / China Daily]

Two-year-old Jiang Jie, who saw his father die of disease and his mother run away from home, lives with his grandparents in Wuyapo village, a mountainous area about a three-hour drive from Chengdu.

The boy is thinner and shorter than other kids of his age and had complained of feeling weak. However, his grandparents were too old and too poor to take him to a hospital in Chengdu, the capital city of Southwest China's Sichuan province.

Luckily, Jiang Jie was examined by a team of doctors who came to his village with high-tech, smartphone-like devices. They diagnosed him as having congenital heart disease.

"The boy can be as healthy as ordinary boys after an operation; otherwise, he may continue to be very weak and die at a young age," said Hu Dayi, the leader of the team and director of the cardiovascular disease department at Peking University People's Hospital.

"Early diagnosis enables patients to get early treatment and may even save their lives," Hu said. "These small, portable, multi-functional devices allow us to better serve remote areas."

The device which may have saved Jiang Jie's life is called Vscan. Priced at $7,999, it was introduced to China last May by GE Healthcare, a medical arm of General Electric Co. It provides ultrasound imaging, measurement and analysis of the human body and clinical detection of various diseases.

"It is like a small mobile scanning room. The compact size, high degree of portability, and simplified user interface make our work easier and more efficient," said Hu.

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