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Seno Medical Instruments Launches Pivotal Study of New Functional Imaging Platform in Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Date:11/25/2013

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Seno Medical Instruments, Inc., the company pioneering opto-acoustic imaging as a tool to improve the diagnosis of cancer, announced today that the first 100 patients have been enrolled into its Pivotal Study of Imagio™, a new opto-acoustic imaging system that may help women with benign breast masses avoid negative, invasive biopsies.

Each year in the U.S. 1.7 million[i] women undergo core needle or surgical breast biopsies after a suspicious mass is found through screening mammograms or self-exams and a series of diagnostic imaging tests are performed. However, four out of five of these biopsies reveal benign pathology[ii].

Imagio combines traditional ultrasound with an imaging technology based on light in and sound out called "opto-acoustics." The opto-acoustic images provide a unique blood map in and around suspicious breast masses. Unlike other imaging modalities, Imagio doesn't expose patients to potentially harmful ionizing radiation (x-rays) or injectable contrast agents.

"Although breast cancer is one of the most prevalent causes of death in women, the tools used to diagnose this disease have certain limitations that can make the process intrusive, costly and potentially harmful to patients," said Thomas Stavros, M.D., Medical Director, Seno Medical Instruments. "Breast biopsies, the current standard of care for diagnosing or ruling out cancer, are the most expensive part of the breast cancer diagnostic process. By providing a real-time blood map co-registered with ultrasound images, we believe that opto-acoustics can provide radiologists more information than ever before to help them confidently rule out cancer so that fewer women with benign lesions will have to undergo biopsies and the worry that can come from the process."

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