Hologic to showcase latest in women's imaging and skeletal health innovations at RSNA'06

Bedford 10 October 2006Hologic Inc., a provider of state-of-the-art diagnostic and digital imaging systems for women's imaging and skeletal health, will be one of the exhibitors at the 92nd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), November 26 to December 1, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. Hologic's theme for the show is "Better Together", to emphasize how the company has integrated the people and resources of R2 Technology and Suros Surgical Systems into Hologic's vision of making a difference in the lives of women everywhere.

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"Hologic is continuing to lead the way in developing and bringing to women imaging and skeletal health products that help patients enjoy longer and healthier lives", stated Jack Cumming, Hologic Chairman and CEO. "We believe our ability to utilize technology to understand disease earlier, improve clinical work flow and decrease costs will have a signifuicant impact on the future of health care."

As better detection through better imaging, digital connectivity and interoperability continue to drive women's imaging, the Hologic pavillion will feature the newly enhanced Selenia, one of the most popular digital mammography platform on the market today, and SecurViewDX diagnostic workstations - workstations that put the tools and work flow designed by and for the radiologist right at the users' fingertips.

SecurView can display digital mammograms from any vendor, locate regions of interest using sophisticated CAD tools and view current and prior mammograms alongside breast images from MRI, PET and ultrasound with seamless file sharing. SecurView diagnostic workstations automatically recognize the breast imaging procedure based on procedure name or image content. Users now have a limitless number of image hanging protocols based on individual preferences that are customized to their work flow and reading preferences. Images can be manipulated and annotations added intuitively, plus synchronization across multiple mammography applications to optimize the way they really work.

Visitors to the Hologic pavilion will have the chance to see for themselves, on fifteen SecurView multi-modality workstations, how Selenia and SecurView provides the foundation for Hologic's digital mammography suite. Particular emphasis will be put on the advanced hanging protocols and ability to view breast tomosynthesis images. Selenia plus SecurView gives the user more useful diagnostic images, better tools to interpret them, and faster, more flexible access to them.

A major hit at RSNA'05, the Hologic co-sponsored Digital Mammography Training and Self-Assessment Workshop is back again with more workstations and expanded teaching modules. Workshop participants have the unique opportunity for hands-on experience reading and manipulating screening digital mammography cases on high-end flat panel workstations.

Following Hologic's acquisition of R2 Technology, R2 mammography applications software tools including Citra are being fully integrated into the Hologic line of multi-modality breast imaging workstations.

For analogue facilities, Hologic will demonstrate DigitalNow, a product developed for the thousands of mammography facilities that see digital in their future. DigitalNow allows users to build a library of digitized prior mammograms and helps facilitate a seamless transition to softcopy review when the facility transitions to digital. DigitalNow improves the digital reading environment and work flow by eliminating the need for light boxes next to high-resolution monitors. This state of the art product features universal compatibility with all DICOM workstations and flexible electronic patient data system integration.

R2 technology was the first CAD system, approved by the FDA for use with film-based mammography in 1998 and for digital mammography in 2001. To date, more than 2600 R2 mammography CAD systems have been sold worldwide. Hologic estimates that more than ten million women will have their mammograms interpreted with the aid of R2's CAD technology within the next 12 months.

Designed with user input and practical considerations in mind, Hologic will showcase upright and prone stereotactic breast biopsy solutions including the MultiCare Platinum, the most popular prone biopsy table on the market today.

With the acquisition of Suros, ATEC Automated Tissue Excision and Collection systems have been optimized for use with the MultiCare Platinum prone and StereoLoc II upright biopsy systems. ATEC breast biopsy and excision systems offer multiple clinical benefits including diverse needle options to accommodate a wide variety of patient presentations, continuous pain management, and a fully closed system with tissue acquisition every 4,5 seconds, and ATEC is carefully engineered to reduce patent recovery time, emotional stress, and expense.

Suros launched the first-ever MRI compatible vacuum assisted biopsy device in 2003. To date, nearly 200.000 ATEC breast biopsies have been successfully completed - 15.000 using MRI guidance. As breast MRI continues to gain prominence as a mainstream imaging technique for women with dense breast tissue and at high-risk for breast cancer, Suros saw a need for a dedicated breast MRI system and developed the ATEC Emerald.

The ATEC Emerald is designed specifically for clinicians requiring a more mobile solution to perform MRI-guided breast biopsy and for facilities with dedicated breast MRI programmes. The ATEC Emerald is MRI-specific and allows the ability to perform a 30-minute MRI-guided breast biopsy on biopsy patients with multiple lesions in a single gadolinium injection session. The system can be used with the grid and pillar-and-post targeting methods, and is compatible with magnet and coil manufacturers used for breast biopsy.

The ATEC Sapphire is the first-ever all in one breast biopsy system that provides radiologists and surgeons the ability to biopsy in any of the three primary diagnostic imaging modalities of stereotactic x-ray, ultrasound and MRI using a single biopsy unit.

For many years Hologic has set the gold standard in osteoporosis assessment. In 2006 Hologic expanded its solutions to address the continuum of skeletal health care, from prevention to intervention. The company's goal - to be the strong foundation that clinicians rely on in their fight for better skeletal health for everyone.

Discovery bone densitometers quickly and precisely measures the two primary diagnostic indicators of osteoporosis - bone mineral density and vertebral fractures. At RSNA'06, Hologic will demonstrate how the low dose Discovery is even better with new functionality including Hip Structure Analysis and the use of abdominal aortic calcifications (AACs), as seen in Discovery IVA scans. AAC is seen as an independent and strong predictor of coronary heart disease, stroke, and other forms of cardiovascular disease. This new feature represents a significant advance in densitometry as compared to conventional bone density scanners, which only look at average bone density.

Hip Structure Analysis or HSA for short, is designed to assist physicians in determining if a patient's bones have been weakened so as to require treatment and, if the patient is being treated, whether the patient's bones are getting stronger. HSA, the leading hip structure analysis method for DXA scans in research and pharmaceutical studies, uses specialized software to examine the structural geometry of two-dimensional DXA scan images.

Highlighting Hologic's expanding effort in serving the orthopaedic and rheumatology imaging market, Hologic will feature a new product - Opera extremity MRI for orthopaedic specialists. Opera E-MRI opens a wider array of diagnostic possibilities with complete imaging of all extremities, including hip and shoulder applications. Real time positioning speeds set up and significantly reduces exam time. The comfortable, open design of Opera reduces anxiety and enhances patient comfort.

Extremity surgery demands visualization of the finest detail with the lowest x-ray dose. Hologic RSNA'06 will demonstrate the Fluoroscan InSight mini C-arm - a system specifically designed to deliver high resolution, low dose images with a surgeon-friendly user interface and unlimited flexibility.

Hologic works in progress at RSNA'06 will feature breast tomosynthesis with a Selenium based detector investigational device. Building on the findings of more than three years of diagnostic and screening clinical trials at six clinical sites, visitors will have the chance to self evaluate their skills in reading two dimension and three dimension images of the same patient and see if they can find a difference in cancer detection rates. A specially designed booth will allow visitors to see a demonstration of how two-dimensional and three-dimensional imaging, breast tomosynthesis, can be accomplished on a system much like the Hologic Selenia digital mammography system.

Citra is expected to bring physicians a universal and "CAD-intelligent" system for reviewing digital mammography images and, if needed, comparing them with digitized prior film images on the popular SecurView workstation. Citra optimizes R2 CAD mark and R2 CAD information display to assist the radiologist in review and decision-making, while streamlining work flow. Citra and SecurView will allow the physician to compare current images with images from prior years by equalizing the size of all displayed images even when the images come from different size detectors or film.

Clinicians have long realized the importance of 3D femur analysis to the measurement of bone strength. But clinical and research applications with CT so far have been limited by the high radiation dose necessary and the difficulty in accurate and reproducible segmentation of bone from soft tissue. At RSNA'06, Hologic will update visitors on its collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology on 3D modelling of the hip using the Hologic Discovery bone densitometer.

Hologic Inc. is a developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium diagnostic and medical imaging systems dedicated to serving the health care needs of women, and a developer of innovative imaging technology for digital radiography and breast imaging. Hologic's core business units are focused on mammography and breast biopsy, osteoporosis assessment, and mini C- arm and extremity MRI imaging for orthopaedic applications. More company news can be found in the VMW December 2004 article Hologic receives Frost & Sullivan's 2004 Technology Leadership of the Year Award in women's health diagnostics for breast cancer.


Leslie Versweyveld

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