News | April 12, 2011

Department of Energy Names Dilon Diagnostics as a Top National Innovator

April 13, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Energy has highlighted Dilon Diagnostics as a success story in the field of medical technology and innovation for commercializing the technologies of the national laboratories. According to the government agency, Dilon and similar entrepreneurs, "build the new industries of the 21st century, and help solve some of our toughest global challenges."

The Dilon 6800 digital gamma camera is based on gamma-imaging technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Va. The imaging technology enables the Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging/Molecular Breast Imaging (BSGI/MBI) procedure and reveals cancerous lesions even at very early stages. BSGI/MBI is a proven technology that can find cancers missed by mammography and ultrasound.

"We are honored to be acknowledged by the Department of Energy as one the country's successful innovators in the medical technology field," said Bob Moussa, president and CEO of Dilon. "We have been able to make a significant impact by utilizing our licensing agreement with Jefferson Lab to help save lives."

More than 250,000 patients have been screened with BSGI/MBI on a worldwide basis.

As a follow-up to mammography, BSGI/MBI helps physicians see the breast more clearly and differentiate benign from malignant tissue. To perform BSGI, the patient receives a pharmaceutical tracing agent that is absorbed by all the cells in the body. Due to their increased rate of metabolic activity, cancerous cells in the breast absorb a greater amount of the tracing agent than normal, healthy cells and generally appear as dark spots on the image.

The procedure is especially valuable after a questionable mammogram. This can occur when patients have dense breast tissue; implants; multiple suspicious lesions or clusters of microcalcifications; palpable lesions that can be felt but not detected by mammography or ultrasound; post-surgical or post-therapeutic mass; or if they have been taking hormone replacement therapy.

For more information: www.dilon.com

Related Content

Hologic Opens Learning and Experience Centre in Zaventem, Belgium
News | Women's Health | March 21, 2019
Hologic Inc. opened its first Learning and Experience Centre in Zaventem, Belgium. The state-of-the-art facility...
QTbreasthealth Opens Breast Imaging Center in San Jose
News | Ultrasound Women's Health | March 20, 2019
QTbreasthealth has opened a new center in San Jose, Calif. The new location is now open and booking appointments for...
PET Scans Show Biomarkers Could Spare Some Breast Cancer Patients from Chemotherapy
News | PET Imaging | March 18, 2019
A new study positron emission tomography (PET) scans has identified a biomarker that may accurately predict which...
Fujifilm Launches Three New Software Tools for Aspire Cristalle Digital Mammography System
Technology | Mammography | March 15, 2019
Fujifilm Medical Systems USA announced it has fulfilled all U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory...
CT, Mammograms Offer Clues to Preventing Heart Problems After Cancer Treatment
News | Cardio-oncology | March 13, 2019
An imaging procedure commonly performed before starting cancer treatment can provide valuable clues about a patient's...
Sponsored Content | Videos | Artificial Intelligence | March 13, 2019
At RSNA 2018, iCad showed how its...
Hologic Earns CE Mark for LOCalizer Wireless Breast Lesion Localization System
News | Breast Imaging | March 07, 2019
Hologic Inc. announced the granting of a CE Mark to the LOCalizer wireless radio frequency identification (RFID) breast...
South Dakota's Density Inform Bill Signed Into Law
News | Breast Density | March 06, 2019
With the passage of HB1124, South Dakota becomes the 37th state with breast density inform legislation. The law, which...
iCAD Partnering With Karolinska Instituet Researchers on AI-based Breast Cancer Risk Prediction
News | Oncology Diagnostics | March 04, 2019
iCAD announced their intent to enter an exclusive relationship with two leading researchers at The Karolinska...

Image courtesy of Hologic.

Feature | Breast Imaging | February 27, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis