Profits at GE Healthcare rose 15% for the second quarter, driven by 16% growth in medical imaging orders.

GE Healthcare -- the London-based parent of GE Healthcare Technologies
in Waukesha, the former GE Medical Systems -- reported revenue of $3.8
billion in the second quarter, up 12 percent compared with $3.4 billion
for the same period a year ago. Operating income grew to $672 million
from $584 million.

GE said total orders for GE Healthcare increased 11 percent in the
second quarter to $3.9 billion, compared with last year's second
quarter. Equipment orders rose 16 percent to $2.5 billion.
Equipment-order growth includes $400 million worth of computed
tomography orders, driven by the LightSpeed Volume CT scanner, GE said.

For the first six months of 2005, operating income was up 17 percent at
$1.1 billion, compared with $923 million a year ago. Revenue grew 21
percent to $7.1 billion from $5.9 billion.