Navigation Links
Digital mammography system developed at Mass General Hospital receives FDA approval

BOSTON A digital mammography system developed based on concepts originally tested at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. GE Healthcare received approval to market the SenoClaire* Digital Breast Tomosynthesis system, which is based on patented technology licensed from the MGH and developed under the leadership of Daniel B. Kopans, MD, founder and senior radiologist in the Breast Imaging Division of the MGH Department of Radiology.

Soon after wide-spread screening mammography was introduced in the mid-1980s, Kopans notes, U.S. death rates from breast cancer which had remained unchanged for more than 40 years began to decline. But the limitations of conventional mammography reduce its ability to find all tumors while avoiding false positive readings. "A conventional mammogram presents the radiologist with an image that is like a book with transparent pages," he explains. "You can hold that book up to the light and look through it, but the words are superimposed on each other, providing an image that can be confusing. Sometimes cancers can be hidden by normal tissues, and at other times normal tissues superimposed on top of each other give the false appearance of a tumor, requiring patients to be recalled for further screening."

Kopans originally proposed applying a theoretical technique called tomosynthesis construction of a 3D image from digital readings taken at many different tissue depths to the problem of superimposition in 1978, but the digital image detectors and powerful computers required to construct such images were not available until the 1990s. The device developed by Kopans and his team including Richard Moore, director of Breast Imaging Research allows radiologists to page through the mammographic "book" one page at a time. Clinical trials have shown this elimination of tissue superimposition can reveal tumors hidden on conventional mammograms and reduces false positive readings.

"This is an exciting time in breast imaging," says Kopans, who is a professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. "Conventional mammography, even with its limitations, has helped to dramatically reduce deaths from breast cancer. The availability of digital breast tomosynthesis should help to drive breast cancer deaths down even further, and this FDA approval should make the technology available to more and more woman. We all hope for ways to totally prevent or cure breast cancer, but until such methods are available, we will continue working to find more ways to detect breast cancer earlier to save the lives of patients with breast cancer."


Contact: Katie Marquedant
Massachusetts General Hospital

Related medicine news :

1. Digital breast tomosynthesis cuts recall rates by 40 percent
2. VisionWare and Serco Partner to Enable ‘Digital by Default’ Strategy
3. Digital tablets improve speed and ease of reading for people with moderate vision loss
4. A Media Representative for Dr. Castro Announces New Updates on the Dental Implants Specialist in Rancho Cucamonga's Website with Information on Digital X-Rays
5. Visiopharm Acquires Digital Pathology Consultants
6. Exack LLC Announced Today the Launch of its New High Quality Digital Micro Voice Recorder, MemClick
7. Life’s Eyes Media Offering Digital Military Christmas Greetings Videos
8. Digital Living Room Market is Growing at CAGR of 2.55% to Reach $217.58 Billion by 2018, Says New Report by MarketsandMarkets
9. Show Me the Money: Living in Digital Times presents Investing in the Sports & Fitness Industry
10. Digital diagnostic tools lead to patient dissatisfaction, says MU expert
11. Capsule Endoscopy (Smart/Digital Pills) Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17% & to reach $965 Million by 2017 - by MarketsandMarkets
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/28/2015)... ... , ... Safe storage for contraceptive devices may not always be easy to ... and the other from Bradley Beach, New Jersey, there is an easy solution to ... to replace NuvaRings more often than necessary. As such, it affords peace of mind ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 27, 2015 , ... According to an article published November 13th ... in Washington D.C. revolved around the fact that proper dental care, both at-home and ... the link between periodontal disease (more commonly referred to as gum disease) and diabetes. ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... An ... way to dispense prescription medications at home, so he invented the patent-pending ELECTRONIC ... and dispense prescription medications. In doing so, it could help to prevent potential ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... MPWH, the No.1 Herpes-only dating community ... 30 (see Table 1-1 ). More than 3.7 billion people under the age ... type 1 (HSV-1), according to WHO's first global estimates of HSV-1 infection . , ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Keeping in mind ... mental health and wellness consultation, has collaborated with a leading web-based marketplace for ... gap experienced by parents and bring advice from parenting experts within their reach. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/27/2015)... 2015  Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI ... acquisition of Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals Inc. (KU), the ... company UCB S.A. (Euronext: UCB). ... KU from UCB for total consideration of approximately ... customary working capital adjustment, a deduction of certain ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , 26 november 2015 ... kondigt de geplande investering aan van ten ... de laboratoria en het mondiale hoofdkantoor in ... uitbreiding zal resulteren in extra kantoorruimte en ... aan de groeiende behoeften van de farmaceutische ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... 3D bioprinting market is expected to reach ... by Grand View Research Inc. Rising prevalence of chronic diseases ... is expected to boost the market growth, as 3D bioprinting ... --> 3D bioprinting market is expected to reach ... by Grand View Research Inc. Rising prevalence of chronic diseases ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: