HealthTrust Purchasing Group awards mammography CAD contract to iCAD Inc. for SecondLook computer aided detection systems

Nashua 18 April 2006iCAD Inc., provider of Computer Aided Detection (CAD) solutions with industry leading detection in subtle forms of breast cancer, and HealthTrust Purchasing Group have signed an agreement that gives HealthTrust members access to SecondLook Computer Aided Detection systems for use with mammography.

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The two-year agreement includes all of iCAD's SecondLook film-based mammographic CAD solutions and the TotalLook system, which converts prior film mammograms at full image fidelity for use in comparative reading with digital mammography. Preferred pricing will be available to HealthTrust's 1200 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centres and alternate care sites nationwide.

An increasing number of radiologists use computer-aided detection as a "second pair of eyes" when reading a mammogram. iCAD has the potential to detect findings that might otherwise be overlooked during the review process, thus increasing cancer detection. iCAD technology is especially effective in identifying difficult to see calcifications. Clinical trials demonstrated that use of the SecondLook CAD systems could detect up to 68 percent of actionable missed breast cancers an average of 15 months earlier than screening mammography alone.

HealthTrust Purchasing Group, headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, is a group purchasing organisation that supports not-for-profit and for-profit acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgery centres, alternate care sites, and physician practices. HealthTrust is committed to obtaining the best price for clinically-recommended products, ensuring their timely delivery and continuously evaluating and improving our services to the patients, physicians and clinicians they serve.

iCAD Inc. is an industry-leading provider of Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) solutions that enable health care professionals to identify cancer and other life-threatening conditions earlier by making medical services more effective, more accessible and more affordable for patients worldwide. Recipient of Frost & Sullivan's Growth Strategy Leadership award, iCAD offers a comprehensive range of high-performance, upgradeable CAD systems for the high, mid and low volume mammography markets.

As the most frequently selected CAD solution for film-based and digital breast screening, iCAD is entrusted with the task of early cancer detection by over eleven hundred women's health care centres worldwide. More company news is available in the VMW August 2004 article iCAD provides lung cancer detection, analysis and tracking software for TeraRecon Aquarius 3D visualization and imaging products.


Leslie Versweyveld

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