Healthcare Industry News: breast cancer
News Release - December 19, 2013
VuCOMP Introduces New Mammography Technology to Measure Breast DensityPLANO, Texas--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--VuCOMP, Inc. today announced the introduction of M-Vu Breast Density, an innovative tool for radiologists that provides automated assessment of breast density from a digital mammogram.
Clinical studies have shown that extensive breast density can make breast cancer detection in a mammogram more difficult, and may also be associated with a higher cancer risk. Because of these issues, radiologists classify breast density using a four-level density scale established by the American College of Radiology as part of its Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) standard. Patients who fall into one of the higher density categories may be recommended for additional screening exams. Legislation has been passed in 13 states requiring physicians to notify patients if their breast density is in one of the two higher categories.
VuCOMP’s M-Vu Breast Density uses advanced computer vision algorithms to evaluate the appearance of structures and textures in the breast to differentiate between fatty and dense regions. The algorithms then calculate a percentage of breast area that is dense and convert it to one of four density categories corresponding to the BI-RADS standard.
“We believe that M-Vu Breast Density will become an important new technology for greater objectivity and consistency in breast density assessment,“ said Jeff Wehnes, President and CEO of VuCOMP. “In contrast to the volumetric approach, we designed M-Vu Breast Density to analyze the appearance of fibroglandular tissue rather than simply the total amount of such tissue, in order to better help doctors assess the risk that a cancer may be hidden in a mammogram.”
M-Vu Breast Density is immediately available. It can be combined with VuCOMP’s computer-aided detection system, M-Vu CAD, to provide a comprehensive set of high-performance analysis tools for mammography.
About VuCOMP, Inc.
VuCOMP, Inc. leads the way in setting a new standard for CAD, and is dedicated exclusively to developing advanced cancer detecting technologies. VuCOMP’s engineering team has worked together since 1986, pioneering some of the world’s most advanced computer vision systems. For more information, please visit www.vucomp.com.
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