News | March 25, 2008

Medipattern Installs B-CAD as Part of Breast Screening Program

March 26, 2008 - The Medipattern Corp. installed a B-CAD 2.2 at General Hospital in Salzburg, Austria.

Austria initiated a province-wide breast ultrasound-screening program for higher risk patients in January as a pilot program in preparation for countrywide adoption. The program focuses on higher risk patients and those with mammographically dense breast tissue, which is imaged more effectively with breast ultrasound technology.

“B-CAD has a true strength in segmenting or outlining the edge of the lesion,” said Christian Weismann, M.D., head of the Diagnostic and Interventional Breast Unit, Univ. Inst. of Radiology, General Hospital Salzburg and Head of the Salzburg Breast Screening Program, which is part of the Austrian National Breast Screening Program. “The diagnostic decision differentiating benign from malignant findings is largely based upon being able to see and determine the edge of the lesion breast lesions can be very small with indistinct boundaries increasing the difficulty in correctly identifying them. Results can vary between various physicians when lesions are difficult to see Standardization is very important in ensuring consistent results, which are especially important when establishing a national standard in all breast imaging facilities. B-CAD may be very useful in helping physicians reach a better level of standardization.”

B-CAD receives ultrasound images collected on GE Medical Systems Kretz Ultrasound, Voluson E 8 via a direct link to GE Healthcare’s Centricity Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) integrating both to the device and the PACS. B-CAD further outlines the edge of the lesion and then characterizes the lesion using internationally recognized standards to aid in the diagnostic interpretation assessing the lesion as either probably benign or probably malignant.

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