Siemens adds Fuji CR mammography technology to portfolio
Siemens Medical Solutions launched the newly acquired prone table MammoTest that offers clinicians the choice of upright or prone stereotactic systems, featured Fujifilm Medical Systems’ FCRm as part of their exclusive agreement and showcased its Mammomat NovationDR digital mammography system.
The rights to the MammoTest system were acquired by Siemens this summer from Fischer Imaging. The technology features 360-degree lesion access and an ergonomically designed table for increased patient comfort. In addition, polar coordinate targeting and a high resolution fiber optic camera enable an increased number of biopsies to be performed, enhancing facility workflow and throughput. Its unique versatility also allows for handheld ultrasound biopsy and needle localizations.

By late November, the company said it expects to begin selling the unit globally and will look to incorporate the syngo platform in the coming year.

Fuji’s FFDM system is an FDA-approved CR system for mammography. Fuji recently inked a distribution agreement with Siemens for the FCRm. In addition to FCRm being sold by Fuji's direct sales force, Siemens will be adding Fuji's FCRm to its product portfolio for both new and existing Siemens' customers.

FCRm is a high quality, versatile system that allows facilities to leverage existing analog units for digital screening and diagnostic exams. The technology offers two configurations, Siemens said: a single- or multi-plate cassette reader, both providing 18 x 24cm and 24 x 30cm fields-of-view, 50-micron pixel sampling, and Fuji’s patented dual-side reading technology. The ClearView-1m single-plate reader can be installed in the exam room to address high volume screening and the ClearView-CSm multi-plate reader can accommodate the exam volume of up to three screening rooms with a throughput of up to 20 breast screening exams per hour.

Siemens said three important image-processing features of FCRm are dynamic range control (DRC), multi-objective frequency processing (MFP), and pattern enhancement for mammography (PEM). DRC improves the visibility of both dense and soft tissue by amplifying or reducing image density and contrast. MFP selectively applies varying degrees of edge enhancement processing to each individual breast structure dependent on size for improved image quality. PEM detects and improves the conspicuity of minute structural information within the breast, such as micro-calcifications, through pattern recognition for easier visualization, Siemens said.

Siemens’ Mammomat Novation DR provides digital screening, diagnosis and stereotactic biopsy capabilities all in one system. Featuring a flat panel detector-based amorphous Selenium (aSe) technology, Mammomat NovationDR enables a direct conversion of x-ray to digital information. At 24-x-29cm, the size of Mammomat NovationDR image detector also allows imaging of a wide range of patient breast sizes, and its paddle is designed to provide easier and more comfortable patient positioning. In addition, the system's acquisition and reporting stations deliver optimized workflow. It can work with Siemens MammoReport(Plus), a multi-modality workstation for mammography with the ability to accept CAD markers from approved vendors. MammoReport(Plus) provides fast, high-volume mammogram reading, permitting users to switch between eight-view mammographic studies in less than one second.