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Increasing research on women with dense breasts is having a positive effect on imaging modalities. It is estimated that between 30–40 percent of women in the United States have dense breasts. Because fatty breast tissue makes it difficult to identify breast tumors on standard mammography exams until very advanced stages, dense breasts are a strong independent factor for breast cancer. Research has shown that it is beneficial for this population of women to invest in additional imaging.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast continues to get more play as an important adjunct to mammography in screening for cancer, as its diagnostic value is recognized particularly for young women with dense breast tissue.
Although mammography retains its place as the first-line modality for regular screening for breast cancer, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has a firm spot as a valuable complementary tool.
Over the years, we have seen an evolution in breast imaging. Screening mammography has been able to detect breast cancer in many women who otherwise have no signs or symptoms. Digital mammography and ultrasound are helping to better diagnose breast cancer in its earliest stages. However, no technology is perfect. Mammography sensitivity is only about 50 percent and decreases to 30 percent in women with dense breasts.
Advanced technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are becoming more widely used for both diagnostic and screening purposes.
June 24, 2010 ? A U.S. breast MRI system manufacturer announced its first installation in China this week. The Aurora Dedicated Breast MRI System from Aurora Imaging Technology Inc. will be installed in the world-renowned Ruijin Hospital located in Shanghai, the teaching hospital for China’s top-tiered Jiao Tong University Medical School.
Aurora Imaging Technology will be launching the Aurora Breast MRI Mobile Solution at the 2010 RSNA conference.
Unlike whole-body MRI systems, which require after-market modifications to image the breast, the Aurora 1.5T Dedicated Breast MRI is designed from the inside out, specifically for breast anatomy. Every functional component of the system, from the patient bed, to the proprietary CAD system, to the integrated biopsy capability, is created specifically for breast MRI.
April 8, 2009 - Frost & Sullivan selected Aurora Imaging Technology for the 2009 Vertical Market Penetration Leadership Award in the North American Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanners Market in recognition of the company’s strong growth within the Breast MRI market due to its robust offering of imaging, IT and financial assistance solutions.
February 13, 2009 - The first permanent installation of the Aurora Dedicated Breast MRI System at the Istituto Nazionale Tumori Giovanni Pascale Hospital in Naples, Italy.
November 4, 2008 – The Aurora 1.5Tesla Dedicated Breast MRI System has been installed and is now available to the women of Puerto Rico through the Advanced Breast Center in the city of Cayey.