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iCAD Initiates Clinical Study of Its Virtual Colonoscopy CAD in Partnership with ACR Image Metrix
Date:6/19/2008

ieve our Colon CAD product can provide both in polyp detection and workflow enhancement. We believe our Colon CAD product has tremendous market opportunity and will be a great addition to our established CAD product lines for breast cancer detection."

Although 140,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year, it is one of the most preventable cancers when early polyps are detected and removed. More than 82 million Americans are over 50 years of age, thus making them eligible for colorectal cancer screening; however, diagnostics are significantly underutilized, due at least in part to the invasive nature of current screening procedures such as colonoscopy. Results from recent trials including the National CTC Trial conducted by the ACR Imaging Network (ACRIN) that demonstrated the effectiveness of virtual colonoscopy as a screening procedure, coupled with recent initiatives to establish Medicare reimbursement for the procedure, may increase the viability of virtual colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening and are likely to drive increased utilization of the procedure.

"CT Colonography will not only provide a new and necessary option for cancer detection, but has the potential to increase screening rates nationwide," said Abraham Dachman, M.D., Professor of Radiology, University of Chicago Medical Center and Principal Investigator of the Colon CAD study. "While we expect the benefits in polyp detection will be significant, we are also exploring how enhanced workflow features can add to the benefit CAD provides to CT Colonography."

About ACR Image Metrix

ACR Image Metrix is a subsidiary of the American College of Radiology (ACR), the premier professional society serving more than 32,000 radiologists committed to ensuring that imaging is safe, effective, and accessible to all patients. ACR Image Metrix is based on the successes of ACRIN(R), the NCI-funded clinical trials cooperative group established in 1999 to asse
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