CAD is making its mark

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CAD Sciences Full-Time-PointCAD Sciences (Booth #3576) is releasing Server 2.4 of its Full-Time-Point MR image postprocessing engine and WorkSpace 2.1, a streamlined MR image viewer that facilitates the analysis of fTP colorized images and quantitative output data. Together, these two products are the next generation of the company’s advanced pharmacokinetic analysis software tools that assist the radiologist with lesion identification, characterization, and diagnosis reporting. This radiology software offers one-click lesion diagnosis reporting in conjunction with the ability to monitor vascular permeability over time in lesions treated with radiation, hormonal therapy, or chemotherapy. These capabilities have been integrated into an advanced workflow roadmap regime that guides the radiologist through the series of sequential tasks that must be performed to arrive at a diagnosis.

Workspace 2.1 offers one-click lesion diagnosis reporting, permitting the radiologist to identify lesions and generate diagnosis reports with graphical and quantitative analysis of tissue biology. These reports include numerical measurements of vascular permeability and cellular density, considered key physiological indicators of cancer, as well as standard contrast wash-in and wash-out measurements. Users may select a lesion for analysis by simply pointing and clicking on a region of interest. Statistical analysis of the lesion may be performed in 2D or 3D.

Confirma (Booth #6741) is highlighting CADstream — CAD for MRI. CADstream automates the processing of MRI studies, providing higher-quality imaging studies, lower costs for radiology practices, and improved communication tools for physicians and patients. In its initial application, CADstream is being used to assist in the analysis, interventional guidance, and reporting of breast MRI studies.

EDDA Technology IQQA-ChestEDDA Technology (Booth #3271) is highlighting IQQA-Chest, debuting IQQA-Chest Enterprise, and showing IQQA-Liver. IQQA-Chest offers real-time interactive diagnostic analysis of digital chest x-rays using a comprehensive set of tools to support radiologists in their identification, confirmation, and quantification of lung nodules. Targeting lesions in the range of 5 mm to 15 mm, IQQA-Chest has clinically demonstrated an ability to improve radiologists’ detection rates up to 85 percent. In identifying and confirming nodules, physicians are able to use lesion-specific image enhancement viewing modes that dynamically detail image structures and highlight suspicious areas. Once suspect nodules are identified and marked by physicians, the software offers regional analysis tools for the quantification of lesion characteristics.

IQQA-Chest Enterprise aims to redefine how advanced clinical applications can and should be accessed by radiologist. Up to now, radiologists have simply had to accept that the use of advanced imaging software meant they would have to operate at dedicated workstations detached from their primary PACS review stations. Although static image results could be sent from these standalone workstations back to a PACS workstation for review, it was not possible to access the full functionality of these advanced applications at the PACS viewing station. EDDA has developed an enabling solution capable to instantly deploy the full functionality of the IQQA-Chest application on PACS workstations.

IQQA-Liver provides radiologists with a tool to review all acquired phases simultaneously with automatic anatomic phase registration. It also provides segmentation and measurement tools for visualizing and analyzing liver lesions and vascular structures to support liver disease diagnosis and preoperative assessment and planning. IQQA-Liver is approved by the Chinese regulatory agencies and is currently undergoing regulatory review by the FDA.

Hologic (Booth #7730), following its acquisition of R2 Technology, is featuring applications software tools including Citra that are being fully integrated into the Hologic line of multi-modality breast imaging workstations. Citra brings physicians a universal and “CAD-intelligent” system for reviewing digital mammography images and, if needed, comparing them with digitized prior film images. And Citra optimizes R2 CAD mark and R2 CAD information display to assist the radiologist in review and decision-making, while streamlining workflow.

Hologic also is highlighting the full line of R2 ImageChecker CAD systems, including version 2.1 of its ImageChecker CT lung CAD system, with additional