The world of women’s imaging is one area of imaging showing real growth in 2007. Vendors continue to add to or upgrade their mammography, ultrasound, MRI, mammography CAD and breast biopsy product lines—focused on meeting the medical needs of women. The most significant growth is the move to full-field digital mammography—with a whopping 85 percent increase since last year according to the FDA’s Mammography Quality Standards Act statistics. Frost & Sullivan predicts that total revenues in the North American x-ray mammography market will likely skyrocket to $563.5 million in 2013 from $380.9 million last year. 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 next year.
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. Both new product features make it possible to provide breast imaging, diagnosis and image-guided biopsy in one PACS/DICOM compliant system. ARIA BIS is a real-time, through-wave ultrasound imaging device that has demonstrated superiority over the combined use of mammography and conventional ultrasound at detecting solid masses and an ability image dense breast tissue effectively, according to the company.
Agfa HealthCare (Booth 4106) is launching its latest flexible, table-top imager, delivering mammography quality images. The Drystar AXYS is a dual-film size, direct digital imager with excellent image quality, offering a multi-application hardcopy solution, mammo-quality images with 508 dpi image resolution, very short access time, and convenient imaging with two film sizes on-line.
The Impax Mammography Suite has been specifically designed to facilitate diagnostic breast imaging reading in digital environments, as well as digital screening workflows in local and multi-site organizations. It supports the display of mammography CAD through the integration with iCAD's Second Look Digital and R2 ImageChecker CAD image markers and is highly configurable with regards to workflow and integrations needs, Agfa says.
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 the "Special Optimized Full Tilt" compression paddle and 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, according to the company. The uniform compression achieved with S.O.F.T. Paddle also provides for reduced exposure time and less chance of motion blur. MammoSpot platforms and paddles for diagnostic mammography are the only spot compression/magnification devices available that offer the unique "double-spot" compression capability for supplemental mammographic imaging. S.O.F.T. Paddle and MammoSpot are available for all major brands of mammography equipment.
Aurora Imaging Technology (Booth 6754) is introducing AuroraBiopsy, the completely automated and fully integrated MR-guided biopsy technology. Biopsy is possible with a simple 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. The system features breast stabilization paddles for wide access to sample all breasts sizes—small or large—and are inclusive to the Aurora System’s integrated package. The AuroraBiopsy also includes a needle guidance procedure which easily accommodates all current core biopsy or vacuum-assisted biopsy devices on the market today.