Substantial growth in digital mammography has led to a huge return on investment, according to Beth Frost Johnson, senior vice president, marketing at Merge Healthcare at the 93rd 93rd Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago last month. That may explain why so many companies, including Merge, are entering the market or expanding company offerings.
Merge Mammo 7.1, a work in progress, is a multi-modality, vendor-neutral mammography workstation application. Johnson said she expects that it will be approved for sale in the United States in early 2008. The application works on a 64-bit operation system., and includes support for 10-bit monitor display and 12-bit printing. There are options for customizing viewing and measurement tools, and improved viewing protocols. Designed to work with large files, the system can handle 20 breast MRs.
Chrysti A. Bowers, RTRM, director, clinical solutions, made a point to talk about the role women have in healthcare, not just in terms of their needs, but in regards to overall decision making. She said “85 percent of family healthcare decisions are made by women.” With that in mind, Bowers said Merge recognizes the importance of meeting the needs of women and their families.