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January 23, 2006

MMC MAMMOGRAPHY UTILIZES NEW COMPUTER-AIDED DETECTION (CAD) SYSTEM FOR EARLY BREAST CANCER DETECTION

This year, approximately 200,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and studies show that up to 23 percent of breast cancer could be detected earlier. To aid in earlier detection, board-certified radiologists review screening mammograms conducted at Marshall Medical Center with the new ImageChecker® Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) system. This new technology assists radiologists in minimizing false negative readings during mammograms and is used on all screening mammograms performed at Marshall Medical Center.

“The key to surviving breast cancer is early detection and diagnosis,” said Dr. Livingston Brien, a radiologist on the medical staff. “The best way to detect breast cancer early is to have regular screening mammograms. Now that we have the new CAD system, this serves as a helpful adjunct in our review of mammograms. In effect, the CAD becomes a second set of eyes for the radiologist reviewing mammograms performed at Marshall Medical Center.”

The ImageChecker CAD system is currently used in conjunction with film-based mammography. After digitizing a film mammogram, the system’s software analyzes the image and draws the radiologist’s attention to suspicious features that may be indicative of cancer. The radiologist typically reviews the mammogram first and then activates the ImageChecker monitor to see if any areas have been highlighted for additional review. If an image is marked, the radiologist goes back to the original mammogram to review this area of the image in more detail.

The ImageChecker System from R2 Technology is the first U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved CAD system for use with screening and diagnostic mammography. Studies show use of the ImageChecker could result in earlier detection of up to 23 percent of the cancers currently detected with screening mammography in those women who had a prior screening mammogram nine-24 months earlier.

Gene Ragghianti, CEO, stated, “Marshall Medical Center is dedicated to providing quality services to our patients. The addition of this valuable tool to our mammography services is the latest example of our commitment to serve the community.”

For more information about mammography services at Marshall Medical Center, call 931.359.6241, extension 3479.

ImageChecker is a registered trademark of R2 Technology, Inc.


 

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