June 22, 2016 — iCAD announced its support for the new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening that include use of computed tomography colonography (CTC). The Affordable Care Act requires private insurers to fully cover all USPSTF- recognized CRC screening exams, for adults aged 50 to 75 years old, including screenings with CTC technology.
iCAD highlighted its VeraLook computer-aided detection (CAD) software, which uses sophisticated image processing to identify colon polyps in CTC images. This can help to streamline the reading process and improve workflow for radiologists while supporting greater accuracy, consistency and productivity in colon cancer screenings. The technology, which is used in conjunction with advanced CTC software applications, is commercially available in leading healthcare facilities in the United States, Canada and Europe.
The USPSTF CRC screening recommendations also highlighted clinical evidence indicating that screening can significantly reduce the risk of death from CRC among adults aged 50 to 75 years. The American Cancer Society estimates that 134,000 people will be diagnosed with CRC this year, and about 49,000 will die from it.
“Although the increased availability of advanced screening methods has contributed to a substantial decline in CRC rates in recent years, it continues to be the second leading cause of cancer death among women and men,” said Ken Ferry, CEO of iCAD, adding, “These new USPSTF recommendations will hopefully encourage more patients to be screened and help clinicians identify early indicators of cancers.”
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