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Breast imaging advances with new AI, MR and ultrasound solutions

by Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | July 01, 2019
Women's Health
From the July 2019 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

The MOZART Supra also offers the ability to do 3D imaging of magnified specimens. Usually, specimens are placed on a special magnification tray, but this negates its use.

“It automatically gives you the highest resolution image and highest magnification image, and you don’t have to use a magnification tray,” said John Leach, vice president of marketing at Kubtec. “If you highlight an area of the specimen you're interested in it will automatically elevate the specimen to give you the highest resolution image of that area of interest. This is designed as a workflow management tool. It means the operator spends less time manipulating the specimen and more time viewing the image.”

Another new feature is called Image Blender, which combines an HD optical image with the 3D tomosynthesis image. By using a slider on the screen, the surgeon can look at all of the X-ray image, all of the optical image, or somewhere in between. This enables the surgeon to view the internal anatomy of the specimen directly on the optical image.

The MOZART System is designed to reduce the need for additional surgeries. In fact, according to a recent study at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, specimen tomosynthesis on the MOZART reduced the re-excision rate by 50 percent.

“This is a major source of extra cost for the healthcare system and extra trauma for the patient,” Leach said. “If you can reduce that, that’s good for the patient and good for the surgeon.”

In October of last year, Philips debuted its first integrated breast ultrasound solution that combines advanced imaging, full-solution elastography, screening and precision biopsy.

The solution, designed for follow-up screening in the cast of suspected lesions, is available with the Philips EPIQ and Affiniti ultrasound systems and is designed to make exams easier and faster for patients and clinicians, according to the company.

“It’s the combination of the system, the tailored software and the specifically-designed transducer that makes our integrated breast ultrasound solution special," said Jeff Cohen, ultrasound general imaging business leader, for Philips. "This combination includes anatomical intelligence for breast, which enhances reproducibility whilst streamlining workflow; the PureWave eL18-4 ultra-broadband linear array transducer, which delivers high-quality imaging, including for more technically challenging patients; and our full-solution elastography ElastQ Imaging shear wave and strain elastography, which reveals more definitive information on tissue stiffness in the breast.”

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