by Lisa Chamoff
, Contributing Reporter | July 27, 2020
From the July 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
As Koning continues to market its Koning Breast CT (KBCT) system, the company recently applied for six new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and anticipates an announcement from the American Medical Association sometime after press time.
New CPT codes provide the first step toward reimbursement for breast CT in place of a diagnostic mammographic workup, allowing physicians to order exams with or without contrast.
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Previous to dedicated codes, facilities were required to use unlisted codes, making reimbursement uncertain, said David Georges, president of the company’s USA division.
Breast CT is also seen as low-cost alternative to MR for breast cancer diagnosis.
“We believe the clinical and payer environment will embrace this technology very quickly,” Georges said.
Medical Scientific SOLO DMR Mammography Retrofit
In the second half of 2019, Medical Scientific released a wireless retrofit detector that can be used to upgrade analog mammography systems.
Since the detector is wireless, it is portable and can be moved from one system to another, ideal for a facility with multiple rooms.
“They can effectively upgrade both systems for the cost of one detector,” said Steven Veyland, chief operating officer of Medical Scientific.
The detector is targeted at developing markets in South America, Southeast Asia and Africa, or facilities that have purchased CR systems.
The detector has a 49.5-micron pixel size, versus the 70- to 85-micron pixel size from competitors.
“It provides a much higher image resolution,” Veyland said. “The resulting image they get will be a higher resolution than any 2D system on the market.”
The company also has a mammography reading workstation with a 5 megapixel monitor.
“We provide the complete solution,” Veyland said.