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Alliance Imaging Offers Mobile Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) Imaging to its Florida Customers
Date:3/22/2010

SAN DIEGO, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Naviscan announced today that Alliance Imaging, a division of Alliance Healthcare Services, will be offering mobile Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) imaging services in the state of Florida.  Alliance Imaging will be providing turnkey service which includes transporting the PEM scanner from site to site, a technologist to perform the scan and the necessary radiopharmaceutical, 18F-FDG.  When fully implemented, it is anticipated that the service will cover a variety of hospitals, imaging centers, and dedicated breast centers throughout the state of Florida.

As PEM imaging has increased in demand, Alliance Imaging has added this service to continue its commitment to offer advanced diagnostic imaging services to its customers.  As recently as last week, additional results from an NIH-sponsored study (Grant 5R44CA103102) comparing PEM and breast MR were released further demonstrating PEM's clinical appropriateness.  The study showed that PEM not only demonstrated a six percent improvement in specificity at comparably high sensitivity, but that PEM also recommended 31 fewer unnecessary biopsies and had 26% higher PPV than breast MR.  These results are also particularly significant for those women who cannot tolerate an MR exam and require an alternate imaging tool.

PEM scanners are high-resolution breast PET systems that can show the location as we
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