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Data shows VisionGate's 3D imaging platform accurately detects lung cancer in sputum
Date:10/28/2013

great accuracy whether or not an individual has cancer.

Low-dose x-ray computed tomography (CT) screening can detect lung cancer at early stages and save lives. But x-ray CT screening has a very high rate of false positive results, which can require costly and invasive follow-up procedures. The large National Cancer Institute (NCI) National Lung Screening Trial showed that more than 96% of the "positive" results from x-ray CT screening were actually false positives. As a result, its use is recommended only in the highest-risk individuals. The potential ability of VisionGate's Cell-CT platform to non-invasively and cost-effectively confirm or refute positive results from x-ray CT scans would make widespread use of lung cancer screening far more feasible.

Glen J. Weiss, M.D., Director of Clinical Research, Cancer Treatment Centers of America Western Regional Medical Center, noted, "The urgency of developing accurate, cost-effective tools for early detection of lung cancer is highlighted by the thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths each year. This data showing that the Cell-CT platform can detect lung cancer with high accuracy from sputum samples in patients at all stages of the disease, as well as identifying those who are cancer-free, is very encouraging. We look forward to continuing to work with VisionGate to enlarge the study population and generate the data needed to advance development of this promising lung cancer screening test."

Previous studies had confirmed that analyzing cells in sputum could be useful in the early detection of lung cancer. However, the typically poor sensitivity of raw sputum analysis and the labor-intensive nature of the process made it impracticable for widespread use. The Cell-CT's high resolution 3D technology and its automated image analysis software for the first time make a cell-based diagnostic approach using sputum samples logistically feasible and cost-effective.

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