Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) this week announced that it has purchased a second film-based Second Look system from iCAD Inc. which has been installed in its Brookline, Mass. imaging clinic. The system is in addition to the film and digital Second Look systems already in use in the main Beth Israel Deaconess facility located in downtown Boston.
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 5,000 new cases of female breast cancer will be diagnosed in Massachusetts in 2005 alone. Over 900 women will die as a result of breast cancer in the bay state in 2005. Most essentially, early detection of the disease save lives but can also have the benefit of reducing costly and less invasive cancer treatment options.
iCAD's Second Look system acts very much like a second pair of eyes, assisting doctors in detecting up to 68% of actionable missed breast cancers an average of 15 months earlier than screening mammography alone, iCAD said.