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 News Release - May 8, 2006

Confirma Announces Expanded Breast MRI Capabilities for CADstream(TM)

Expanded Capabilities Include Features and Products for Instant Prior Study Recall, Morphology Characterization, Intervention and Stand-Alone Diagnostic Interpretation

Confirma is Showcasing CADstream at the 2006 ISMRM Meeting in Seattle


SEATTLE--(HSMN NewsFeed)--May 8, 2006--Confirma, Inc., the market leader in computer-aided-detection (CAD) for MRI, today announced that it is showcasing its innovative expanded capabilities for CADstream, the standard in CAD for breast MRI, at the 2006 ISMRM Scientific Meeting currently underway at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle. These expanded capabilities include advanced features and products that further differentiate CADstream as the leader in a rapidly growing marketplace. Advanced features include Morphology Characterization through CADstream's volume analysis tool and SureLoc(TM), CADstream's interventional guidance tool. Expanded products include CADalog(TM) for instant prior study recall, SureLoc-C(TM) for dedicated interventional guidance in the MRI suite and CADstream-C(TM) for dedicated diagnostic interpretation at a single-reader breast MRI reading console.

"Our goal is to advance breast MRI, ultimately improving breast cancer detection," said Wayne Wager, president and CEO of Confirma. "These expanded features and products for CADstream continue our commitment to listening to the radiology community, and strategically developing features and products to help customers build more efficient and standardized breast MRI programs. With hundreds of CADstream systems integrated in women's imaging programs, we plan to continue to exceed the market's needs."

Advanced Features

Morphology Characterization

The American College of Radiology's BI-RADSŪ Atlas for breast MRI advocates that physicians report both kinetic and morphologic information for lesions identified in a breast MRI study. The ability to more confidently report the shape and margin of a lesion has been requested by many Confirma customers. CADstream's morphological feature helps physicians determine the shape of a 3-dimensional lesion by looking at the margins of that lesion in relation to an automatically-placed elliptical margin, which helps the physician determine the shape or eccentricity of the lesion.

SureLoc, CADstream's interventional guidance tool

SureLoc is now compatible with all interventional guidance methods and equipment, and includes an instant processing algorithm with needle insertion path, subtractions and uptake maps available immediately. SureLoc calculates needle position and insertion coordinates in real-time and supports angled needle access and medial, lateral and cranial-caudal approaches.

Expanded Products

CADalog

CADalog provides instant recall of a patient's prior studies through CADalyst(TM), CADstream's network-based user interface. Using CADalyst, radiologists can access and view a patient's prior study next to a current study, providing on-demand study comparison. Additionally, CADalyst can be used as a library for teaching studies. CADalog is available as a software-only package or as a software/hardware package.

SureLoc-C

SureLoc-C is a dedicated console for real-time interventional guidance. Residing in the MRI suite, interventional studies are sent to SureLoc, where the physician targets the lesion(s) and an automated target report is quickly generated and used at the point of procedure.

CADstream-C

While CADstream continues to advance as a network-based solution, CADstream is now available as a dedicated console for breast MRI interpretation called CADstream-C. This system configuration has been designed specifically for early breast MRI programs needing a single breast MRI reading console. CADstream-C provides an economical workflow and efficiency tool for customers with lower study volumes.

About CADstream

CADstream is advancing breast MRI by enhancing efficiency, standardization, access and compatibility of studies. The system automates analysis, reporting and interventional planning of studies and promotes standardization with the incorporation of the ACR BI-RADSŪ Atlas. CADstream is designed for any workflow scenario, integrating with existing equipment and providing access to studies anywhere on the network. Automated features include adaptive image registration (2D/3D), multiplanar reformatting, subtractions, angiogenesis maps, curves, maximum intensity projections (MIPs), volume summaries, morphology characterization, portfolio for reporting, SureLoc for interventional guidance and multimodality capability. Products include CADalog(TM) for study library access, SureLoc-C for a dedicated interventional guidance in the MRI suite and CADstream-C for dedicated diagnostic interpretation at a single-reader breast MRI reading console.

About Confirma, Inc.

Confirma, Inc. develops and markets computer-aided-detection (CAD) systems and accessories for medical imaging. CADstream(TM) is the standard in CAD for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). CADstream automates the processing of MRI studies, providing higher quality imaging studies, lower costs for radiology practices and improved communication tools for physicians and patients. In its initial application, CADstream is being used to assist in the analysis, interventional guidance and reporting of breast MRI studies. CADstream is DICOM 3.0 compliant, allowing integration with any MRI scanner and PACS. Confirma has established partnerships with companies including GE Healthcare, Hologic, iCAD and Vital Images. Confirma has partnered with hundreds of imaging centers and corporate partners worldwide since 2003, helping develop more standardized, high-performance breast MRI programs that deliver premium patient care. For more information, visit www.confirma.com or call 877-811-2356.



Source: Confirma, Inc

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