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Karmanos Cancer Institute Launches Company and Innovative Breast Imaging Tool
Date:11/16/2009

es the use of underwater sound signals representative of SoftVue. Delphinus' leadership team includes Chief Executive Officer William C. Greenway; Chief Medical Officer Dr. Littrup; and Chief Technical Officer Dr. Duric. Both Drs. Littrup and Duric of Karmanos are key co-inventors of the ultrasound tomography technology (UST). Dr. Littrup designed the ultrasound clinical studies, and Dr. Duric is the project director of UST.

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What differentiates the SoftVue system from mammography, the current gold standard for breast cancer screening, is that this unique technology helps to accurately detect many early stages of breast cancer even in women with dense breast tissue, often not picked up by mammography. The SoftVue system is a tomographic ultrasound imaging and risk assessment device that examines women's breasts for the presence of benign and/or malignant masses. The process does not involve radiation or compression. Instead, the breast is submerged in warm water and an ultrasound ring surrounds the breast and captures detailed, three-dimensional images through the use of sound waves. The system is also able to perform repeated imaging, a necessary tool for monitoring and treatment assessment. Furthermore, through its three-dimensional capabilities, SoftVue can accurately measure breast density, a known risk factor for developing breast cancer. The system provides enhanced fusion imaging incorporating reflection, sound speed and sound attenuation information. The detailed images generated allow the radiologist to make an accurate breast cancer diagnosis. The results are similar to MRI; however the SoftVue system takes only minutes and costs much less.

For 34-year-old breast cancer survivor Pamela Haddox, RN, of Huron Township, this non-invasive screening technology was much easier on her as a patient diagnosed with breast cancer, and would also be a comfort to others who are uneasy about screening for the d
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