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 software uses AI-based algorithms to help evaluate 2D mammograms and tomosynthesis images, highlighting and scoring areas of suspicion to reduce oversight errors. It then assigns a score between 1 and 10. Most mammograms with cancer will fall into the highest category, while very few with a low score will have cancer. This allows the radiologists to have more time to spend on the cases that are more likely to have a clinical finding, Cumming said.

“Unlike traditional CAD, which has a high false positive rate, this score allows the radiologist to query any suspicious regions while reading a mammogram and provides decision support to help reduce interpretation errors and improve reading performance,” Cumming said.

Based on a collaboration with ScreenPoint Medical, which offers a mammography reading software called Transpara that is based on deep learning, interactive decision support will be integrated into the syngo.Breast Care software.

The syngo.Breast Care solution will be a “turnkey” offering as part of the Siemens workstation and is integrated into the radiologist’s workflow.

The software is approved for 2D mammography and 3D is pending FDA clearance.

SonoCiné enables an ultrasound probe to be attached to its robotic arm and facilitates a scan over the entire breast.

In November 2017, the company released a software update for its automated whole breast ultrasound system. The most significant change is modifying the output file into a standard DICOM format.

Additionally, the most recent software can scan at a frame rate of every 400 microns, whereas before it was scanned every 800 microns. This results in a crisper, more fluid picture, with the ability to find smaller, Stage 1 cancers.

“We present radiologists with an image they are used to seeing,” said Rafael Carballido, medical liaison for SonoCiné. “We can show smaller cancers in a reliable and easier-to-read way.”

Supersonic Imagine
Last year, Supersonic Imagine launched the newest version of its breast UltraFast ultrasound system, called the Aixplorer MACH 30.

The system has a new processor that allows the Sheerwave PLUS elastography signal to go deeper into the body and also reduces the power consumption of the scanner significantly, from 1,500 watts down to 350 watts, said Jacques Souquet, director of innovation at Supersonic Imagine.

“The product is amazingly silent,” Souquet said. “Usually, these systems are in small scanning rooms. The ambient noise is very annoying for ultrasound tech who is in the room all day long.”

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