Kodak MIN-R EV mammography film wins R&D 100 award

Rochester 11 August 2004A revolutionary mammography screen-film system from Eastman Kodak Company's Health Imaging Group won a prestigious 2004 "R&D 100" award that recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced over the past year.


The Kodak MIN-R EV screen-film system, which provides enhanced visualization (EV) of subtle abnormalities in breast tissue to assist radiologists in detecting breast cancer, was voted a winner "because of the significant improvement it brings to early detection of this disease", stated Tim Studt, Editor-in-Chief of R&D Magazine and Programme Chairman for the R&D 100 Awards, which his publication sponsors.

"Our R&D 100 award recognizes major technological breakthroughs that can change people's lives for the better, improve the standard of living for large numbers of people, save lives, and promote good health", Tim Studt stated. "Kodak's new mammography film definitely meets these criteria."

MIN-R EV film incorporates groundbreaking technologies. A new asymmetric emulsion provides both high contrast and wide exposure latitude, resulting in improved imaging in all areas of the breast. A new grain structure and improved intensifying screens deliver increased image sharpness.

"Radiologists have praised our new screen-film system for its ability to provide improved viewing of clinically significant breast anatomy, and we are extremely pleased for this accomplishment to have been recognized by an R&D 100 award", stated Pamela S. Benkert, General Manager, Film Capture and Output, and Vice President, Kodak's Health Imaging Group.

The KODAK MIN-R EV screen-film system was developed by teams of Kodak researchers lead by Robert Dickerson, David Steklenski and William Moore. It is the fifth R&D 100 award that Kodak's Health Imaging Group has achieved. Previous award-winning products are Kodak X-SIGHT L/RA film in 2001; Kodak EC-L film system in 1997; Kodak INSIGHT thoracic imaging film in 1992; and Kodak EKTASPEED plus intra-oral dental film in 1995.

Kodak's Health Imaging Group is specialized in developing, manufacturing and marketing intelligent imaging products from analogue to digital and in providing innovative medical-imaging services, including those to assist customers with interoperability and other needs. Its broad product portfolio includes computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) systems, laser imagers, picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), traditional mammography systems, x-ray film systems for general radiography, and dental imaging products.

Its services portfolio includes everything from basic repair and maintenance, to services encompassing equipment integration from multiple vendors, storage and archiving, secure e-mail, and more. The group, with 2003 revenues of $2,43 billion, has served the global health care community for more than 100 years. The Health Imaging Group and Kodak's other major businesses including the Graphic Communications Group; Commercial Imaging; Display and Components; and Digital and Film Imaging Systems, together are participants in info-imaging, a $385 billion industry created by the convergence of image-and-information technology.

Info-imaging unites three closely related imaging markets that enable end users to more easily capture, process, print and share images and information: devices such as Health Imaging's CR and DR systems; infrastructure such as on-line networks and delivery systems for images, including PACS; and services and media including software, film and paper.

Leslie Versweyveld

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