Womens Imaging, IT and Therapy Surge

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 The world of women’s imaging is showing real growth in 2007, with the most significant movement in full-field digital mammography—a whopping 85 percent increase in systems installed since last year, according the FDA’s Mammography Quality Standards Act statistics. In response to market needs and growth, vendors are fine-tuning mammo CAD, dedicated breast MRI and 3D and 4D ultrasound systems—as well as PACS to manage all those images, and imagers when  hardcopy is needed. On the horizon, too, is digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) —with the first FDA approvals expected sometime in 2008.

Advanced Imaging Technologies (Booth 2179) is introducing image-guided biopsy capabilities as a key component of its real-time, through-wave breast ultrasound device, ARIA BIS. Also being featured is a new workstation designed to deliver multiple image displays, including whole breast bilateral and inter-modality and over-time comparison views, as well as superior contrast and spatial resolution of dense tissue.

Agfa HealthCare (Booth 4106) is launching the Drystar AXYS, a dual-film size, direct digital imager, offering a multi-application hardcopy solution, mammo-quality images with 508 dpi image resolution, short access time and imaging with two film sizes on-line. The Impax Mammography Suite is designed to facilitate diagnostic breast imaging reading in a digital environment. It supports the display of mammography CAD through the integration with iCAD’s Second Look Digital and R2 ImageChecker CAD image markers.

American Mammographics (Booth 1711) is exhibiting its MammoSpot platforms and spot compression paddles for diagnostic mammography and the new S.O.F.T. Paddle for Screening Mammography. S.O.F.T. Paddle is used as an alternative to the standard or conventional flat-compression paddle in screening mammography for superior compression of the mid and anterior breast and less discomfort for the patient.

Aurora Imaging Technology (Booth 6754) is introducing AuroraBiopsy, automated MR-guided biopsy technology. Biopsy is possible with a click on the lesion displayed on the monitor, followed by a click on the marker for the integrated stereotactic guidance system to direct the needle precisely where it needs to be, Aurora says. AuroraBiopsy provides the ability to target multiple lesions in the same breast or both breasts in a single procedure.

  Beekley: N-Spots nipple marker

Beekley Corporation (Booth 8433) is introducing its new line of N-Spots for marking nipples in mammography. “Perfect for Digital” N-Spots feature distinct 2.3mm non-metallic pellets that immediately, unmistakably and consistently document the nipple’s location on the screen without causing artifact. N-Spots are available in three nipple marker styles: round disc, extended tab with an adhesive-free center; and Soft ‘n Stretchy pinch-free material with an adhesive-free center.

Brit Systems (Booth 3503) is showcasing new enhancements to the Brit Vision multi-modality breast imaging workstation. The company is demonstrating a bundled mammography solution that integrates MRS’ mammography reporting software into the company’s flagship workstation. This advancement is the direct result of customer feedback and is expected to help streamline clinical workflow, the company says.

Carestream Health (Booth 2513) is exhibiting CAD for Chest and Digital Mammography at RSNA 2007. In addition to CAD for film-based mammography, Carestream is demonstrating CAD software for its CR-based mammography platforms, as well as CAD software for other vendors’ full-field digital mammography systems. The CAD for CR and FFDM solutions are available outside of the United States. The company also is displaying chest CAD and bone mineral density testing on its Kodak Directview DR 3000 platform that is only currently available in China.

  Fujifilm: FCRm multiple-reader for mammography

Fujifilm Medical Systems USA (Booth 1129) is showcasing its CR-based full-field digital mammography (FFDM) system, Fuji Computed Radiography for Mammography (FCRm). The FCRm multiple-reader presents mammography providers with various equipment configuration combinations; the centrally located Clearview-CS multi-plate reader serves several rooms, while the Clearview-1m, single-plate reader, can be installed in the exam room.

Gamma Medica-Ideas (Booth 5439) is introducing its dual-head LumaGEM system for applications such as molecular breast imaging (MBI). The LumaGEM system features solid-state digital detection