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 News Release - March 27, 2018

FDA Approves New Innovations on Hologic's 3Dimensions(TM) Mammography System, the Fastest, Highest Resolution Breast Tomosynthesis System Ever(1)

Latest Breast Cancer Screening Improvements Launched as Company Marks Installation of More Than 5,000 3D Mammography™ Systems Throughout the United States

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., March 27, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Hologic, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX) announced today that Clarity HD high-resolution 3D™ imaging and Intelligent 2D™ imaging technology have received PMA approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are now available on the 3Dimensions breast tomosynthesis system. With these innovations, the system now provides higher resolution 3D™ images for radiologists, enhanced workflow for technologists, and a more comfortable mammography experience, with low-dose options, for patients.

Hologic is the world leader in breast cancer screening and the pioneer behind the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam, first approved by the FDA in 2011 on the Company's first-of-its-kind 3D Mammography™ system. Today, Hologic has installed more than 5,000 3D Mammography™ systems throughout the United States and is continuing to help ensure insurance coverage is available for all women. More than 90 percent of women ages 40 to 75 currently have coverage for the Genius exam, and more than 16 million women in the U.S. get a Genius exam each year. The Genius exam detects 20-65 percent more invasive breast cancers and is the only mammogram approved by the FDA as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone.2,3

"The passion that fueled our efforts to establish the Genius exam as the standard of care continues to drive us forward as we develop bold and innovative technologies optimized for superior performance for a diverse population of women," said Pete Valenti, Hologic's Division President, Breast and Skeletal Health Solutions. "The 3Dimensions system represents a major breakthrough in breast cancer screening technology because it offers unprecedented image clarity regardless of breast size or density, increased comfort, and the reliable accuracy our customers have come to expect from Hologic products. We're proud to introduce this new product, which serves as yet another example of why Hologic is the partner of choice for clinicians globally."

The new Clarity HD high-resolution 3D™ imaging technology provides the industry's fastest, highest resolution 3D™ images to accelerate screening and analysis, and is designed to clearly reveal subtle lesions and fine calcifications to help pinpoint cancers early. Clarity HD technology's advanced detector and innovative 3D™ imaging algorithm work together to deliver exceptional 3D™ images, regardless of breast size or density.

Intelligent 2D imaging technology works with Clarity HD technology to deliver superior overall image quality, and unprecedented clarity, contrast and detail at a lower dose.4,5

"Our experience as a leader in breast cancer screening has taught us that radiologists and technologists value accuracy above all else," added Tracy Accardi, Hologic's Global Vice President of Research and Development, Breast and Skeletal Health Solutions. "We developed the 3Dimensions system with that in mind, while adding two features that have great potential to improve patient satisfaction."

One of these features, the SmartCurve™ breast stabilization system, is clinically proven to deliver a more comfortable mammogram without compromising image quality, workflow or dose.6 The SmartCurve system has been proven to improve comfort in 93 percent of women who reported moderate to severe discomfort with standard compression.6 It features a curved compression surface that mirrors the shape of a woman's breast to reduce pinching and allow uniform compression over the entire breast.

In addition, Quantra™ 2.2 Breast Density Assessment Software, also available on the 3Dimensions system, enables clinicians to provide women with consistent breast density assessments during routine breast cancer screenings. Breast density is only identifiable on a mammogram or other screening modality, and has historically been determined by the radiologist who reads the image. Through a proprietary algorithm powered by machine learning, Quantra software analyzes mammography images for distribution and texture of breast tissue, delivering clinicians accurate breast density assessment. Quantra software categorizes breasts into four density categories, in alignment with the ACR BI-RADS® Atlas 5th Edition.7,8

To learn more about the 3Dimensions system and its comprehensive range of features, which are compatible with all Hologic 3D Mammography™ systems, visit

The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam (also known as the Genius™ exam) is only available on a Hologic® 3D Mammography™ system. The Genius™ exam consists of a 2D and 3D™ image set, where the 2D image can be either an acquired 2D image or a 2D image generated from the 3D™ image set. There are more than 5,000 Hologic 3D Mammography™ systems in use across the United States, so women have convenient access to the Genius™ exam. To learn more about the Genius™ exam, visit

The Quantra™ software requires the Hologic Cenova Server and minimal technical specs. Hologic Cenova and Quantra™ products are only available on Hologic mammography systems.

About Hologic

Hologic, Inc. is an innovative medical technology company primarily focused on improving women's health and well-being through early detection and treatment. For more information on Hologic, visit

Hologic, 3D, 3D Mammography, 3Dimensions, Genius, Intelligent 2D, SmartCurve, Quantra, The Science of Sure and associated logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Hologic, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.

Forward-looking Statement Disclaimer:

This news release may contain forward-looking information that involves risks and uncertainties, including statements about the use of Hologic products. There can be no assurance these products will achieve the benefits described herein or that such benefits will be replicated in any particular manner with respect to an individual patient, as the actual effect of the use of the products can only be determined on a case-by-case basis. In addition, there can be no assurance that these products will be commercially successful or achieve any expected level of sales. Hologic expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements presented herein to reflect any change in expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such data or statements are based.

1 Data on file
2 Results from Friedewald, SM, et al. "Breast cancer screening using tomosynthesis in combination with digital mammography." JAMA 311.24 (2014): 2499-2507; a multi-site (13), non-randomized, historical control study of 454,000 screening mammograms investigating the initial impact the introduction of the Hologic Selenia® Dimensions® on screening outcomes. Individual results may vary. The study found an average 41% increase and that 1.2 (95% CI: 0.8-1.6) additional invasive breast cancers per 1,000 screening exams were found in women receiving combined 2D FFDM and 3D™ mammograms acquired with the Hologic 3D Mammography™ System versus women receiving 2D FFDM mammograms only.
3 FDA submissions P080003, P080003/S001, P080003/S004, P080003/S005.
4 Compared to C-view
5 Compared to 2D alone
6 Smith, A. Improving Patient Comfort in Mammography. Hologic WP-00019 Rev 003 (2017).
7 FDA 510(k) K163623
8 Understanding Quantra™ (Version 2.2) User Manual

Source: Hologic

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