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Hologic takes FujiFilm to court over patent infringement

by Thomas Dworetzky, Contributing Reporter | July 03, 2017
Business Affairs Women's Health

With the DBT option, HCB News reported at the time, the X-ray tube on the ASPIRE Cristalle FFDM system moves through an arc around the breast to acquire a series of low-dose image slices at different angles. That generates a 3-D view of the breast, which allows the radiologist to see through the tissue without any obstruction.

The images are reconstructed into high-resolution one-millimeter slices that are displayed individually or dynamically in a cine mode. That makes it easier for radiology to spot lesions that may be hard to see on 2-D mammography images because of overlapping breast structures.

GE Healthcare, Siemens Healthineers and Hologic Inc. are currently the top three players in the global DBT market. They collectively account for almost 90 percent revenue share of the market, according to a Future Market Insights report from 2016.

Hologic's suit asks that the infringement stop, that monetary damages are awarded, including costs.

Two of Hologic's lawyers, Calvin P. Griffith and John M. Michalik, who are partners with the firm of Jones Day, were part of the group that won a $2.54 billion patent infringement case in favor of Idenix Pharmaceuticals against Gilead Sciences, according to the Tribune.

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