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 at RSNA 2007.

In addition to CAD for film-based mammography, Carestream Health 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. These applications are currently 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. Other booth highlights include CADalog and SureLoc console.

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 provides the optimal balance of high-quality diagnostic capability (high signal-to-noise ratio) with optimized access and patient comfort. Its open design provides flexibility when performing interventional procedures, with both lateral and medial access, the company says.

Confirma’s CADalog study library system instantly retrieves prior studies for on-demand comparison.

The SureLoc Console for MR-guided interventional procedures is compatible with all interventional guidance methods and equipment.

EDDA Technology (Booth 6534) is introducing the IQQA Enterprise Engine technology and highlighting the 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 in any hospital PACS environment without code-level integration. The IQQA Enterprise Engine is available with IQQA-Chest for digital x-ray lung nodule CAD and IQQA-Liver for contrast MDCT of liver. The IQQA Enterprise Engine also can accommodate third-party imaging applications.

IQQA-Chest offers real-time, interactive diagnostic analysis of digital chest x-rays using a comprehensive set of tools to support physicians in the identification, confirmation and quantification of lung nodules. The system is powered by intelligent tools with real-time interaction to seamlessly integrate advanced diagnostic analysis technologies into physicians’ softcopy reading process for improved workflow and clinical decision-making. Published clinical studies suggest IQQA-Chest may help physicians identify small lesions and reduce inter-observer variation, according to the company. The immediacy provided by IQQA-Chest Enterprise allows for expanded use of chest CAD tools on a routine basis with the prospect of enhancing diagnostic quality on a broad scale.

IQQA-Liver Enterprise addresses the clinical challenge faced by physicians in efficiently dealing with tremendous data volume from contrast MDCT images of liver. Combining advanced image analysis algorithms and visualization tools, the software supports physicians to quickly and effectively distill critical diagnostic information. It performs automatic anatomy-based phase registration to allow simultaneous visualization and cross-referencing of lesion location and characteristics