CAD Widens its Mark(et)

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 Computer-assisted detection software has moved beyond its initial applications in mammography imaging and is becoming an essential tool in the diagnosis and management of various types of cancer. At RSNA, vendors are showing systems for film and digital mammography, but the real news extends into other applications. There are new systems for chest and abdominal CT images that not only facilitate lesion detection, but also support workflow by automatically generating measurements of lung and liver lesions. RSNA-goers also can check out a prostate MRI CAD application. Similar to breast MRI CAD, the system helps users efficiently sort through the volume of MRI data to more efficiently diagnose prostate disease.

Carestream Health (Booth 2513) is debuting CAD for chest and digital mammography.

In addition to CAD for film-based mammography, Carestream is showing CAD software for its CR-based mammography platforms and CAD for other vendors’ full-field digital mammography (FFDM) systems. The CAD for CR and FFDM solutions are available outside of the United States. The company also is demonstrating chest CAD and bone mineral density testing on its Kodak Directview DR 3000 platform, which are only available in China.

Confirma (Booth 7950) is unveiling the next generation of CADstream for breast MRI enhancements, CADstream for prostate MRI and the Access Breast Coil.

CADstream for breast MRI includes a new customizable BI-RADS-centric user interface that accommodates a variety of user experience levels. Additional CADstream enhancements include improved 3D renderings and volume summaries and morphology reporting tools.

CADstream Prostate is designed to improve quality, standardization and efficiency in MRI studies of the prostate. Confirma’s application-specific product provides image registration, image alignment between contrast series and T2 images and uptake and washout maps. The system also features multiplanar reformatting with subtractions, MIPs and prostate-specific lesion reporting.

Confirma’s Access Breast Coil’s open design provides flexibility when performing interventional procedures, with both lateral and medial access.

  EDDA Technology: IQQA-Liver CAD

EDDA Technology (Booth 6534) is introducing IQQA Enterprise Engine technology and highlighting IQQA-Chest and IQQA-Liver.

The EDDA universal enterprise solution enables fast delivery and easy access of 2D/3D/4D advanced clinical applications on existing PACS workstations without code-level integration.

IQQA-Chest offers real-time, interactive diagnostic analysis of digital chest x-rays for the identification, confirmation and quantification of lung nodules. The system is powered by intelligent tools to seamlessly integrate advanced diagnostic analysis technologies into physicians’ softcopy reading process.

IQQA-Liver Enterprise helps physicians efficiently manage the tremendous data volume from contrast MDCT images of the liver. The software performs automatic anatomy-based phase registration to allow simultaneous visualization and cross-referencing of lesion location and characteristics across different phases. IQQA-Liver Enterprise provides 3D segmentation and measurement tools for visualization and analysis of liver, liver lesions and vascular structures.

iCAD (Booth 3507) is showing enhancements to its SecondLook Digital mammography CAD product.

SecondLook Digital CAD is designed for digital-based mammography facilities to assist in the early detection of cancer. Based on an open-system architecture, SecondLook Digital is optimized for digital mammography systems. In addition, iCAD’s SecondLook Digital provides a flexible DICOM connectivity solution enabling universal compatibility with PACS and review workstations.

Median Technologies (Booth 8548) is showcasing its complete portfolio of Lesion Management Solutions, including LMS-Lung/Track and LMS-Liver CAD systems.

LMS-Lung/Track and LMS-Liver are designed to efficiently assist radiologists managing oncology patients in all steps. They segment user-identified lesions and measure key characteristics such as volume and longest axial diameters. They also pair lesions in follow-up exams, compute growth and doubling time and generate reports. LMS-Lung/Track and LMS-Liver perform tasks automatically to improve workflow and reduce intra- and inter-observer variability. LMS-Lung/Track and LMS-Liver support images acquired on any multidetector CT scanner and can be integrated with modality or PACS/RIS workstations.