Breast imaging bolsters care

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Aurora 1.5T Dedicated breast MRI systemAurora Imaging Technology (Booth #6552) is introducing its SpiralRODEO breast MRI technology for use with the company’s Aurora 1.5T Dedicated breast MRI system. SpiralRODEO’s features improved acquisition efficiency [three times greater than traditional 3D Fourier transformation (3DFT) reconstruction] with increased resolution for better dynamics. Aurora claims that this new technology offers signal improvement comparable with that of 4.5T.

BioLucent (Booth #8009) is exhibiting two new designs for the MammoPad breast cushion, as well as the new SAVI device, a multi-catheter applicator providing single-entry breast brachytherapy.

The FDA-cleared MammoPad is specially designed for use on all digital mammography equipment and is larger than other versions to fit the larger surfaces of digital mammography devices.

BioLucent also is exhibiting its “New for Gamma” MammoPad, specifically designed for use with the Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera. Dilon Technologies manufactures the Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera for use during breast-specific gamma imaging.

The FDA-cleared SAVI device combines the tissue-sparing dosimetry of interstitial brachytherapy with the single-entry ease of intracavitary ("balloon") brachytherapy. SAVI's multi-catheter, expandable applicator delivers a conformal, precisely targeted dose of radiation.

BRIT Systems (Booth #1915) is launching its multi-modality mammography workstation, BRIT Vision, for use with any FDA-cleared full-field digital mammography system (FFDM) or with digitized film from a film-screen system. The tools developed for mammography will be made available in all other BRIT Systems diagnostic and viewers. In addition to serving as an easy-to-use, multipurpose viewer for any DICOM conformant exam, the BRIT Vision workstation will provide mammography-specific reading tools, including support for CAD overlays, over-reading tools with statistics, special hot-keys and icons, and animated hanging protocols. Color images, particularly those from ultrasound, can be viewed on the workstation with BRIT’s standard two portrait grayscale and one landscape color monitor configuration.

Cedara Software (Booth #4716) is featuring its I-ReadMammo soft-copy reading workstation designed for breast imaging. Ideal for OEM/VARs interested in expanding their workstation capability, I-ReadMammo has outstanding image quality, performance, and tailored workflow design. I-ReadMammo enables radiologists to optimize their reading speed and improve patient care. It eliminates the hassle of switching between different workstations through vendor independence and multi-modality support. It also saves radiologist reading time by allowing individual users to prescribe image layout, presentation, and view order, the company says. I-ReadMammo supports CAD markers for mammography, MRI, and ultrasound from a variety of different vendors and is an integrated PACS application using C4.

DatCard MammoSmartDatCard Systems (Booth #6738) is showcasing Mammo-Smart, a new means of providing patients with their complete mammography history and breast care information on an automatically produced CD-R/DVD-R. Each disc contains patient information such as medical history, digital mammography images, glossary of terms, answers to frequently asked questions, live video capture, personal demographics, and insurance information. MammoSmart integrates with hospital registration, PACS, and RIS/mammography systems to provide a seamless workflow process.

Fuji Medical Systems USA (Booth #7130) is showcasing its Fuji Computed Radiography for Mammography (FCRm), a digital mammography technology. It is the only FDA-approved, CR-based FFDM system. FCRm offers two options to meet varied throughput and workflow needs: the ClearView-1m single-plate reader can be used in an exam room, while the ClearView-CSm multi-plate reader can accommodate the volume of up to three screening rooms. FCRm also provides 18 cm x 24 cm and 24 cm x 30 cm fields of view and 50-micron pixel sampling.

GE Healthcare (Booth #7164) is showcasing its portfolio of mammography products including the GE Senographe digital mammography system. The company’s latest full-field digital mammo platform Senographe Essentials includes a 24 x 31 cm active field of for precision-image on virtually any woman, in a single exposure per view. The platform also includes a single amorphous silicon flat panel digital detector, with a clinically optimized needle-structured CsI scintillator layer which is characterized