United Medical Imaging Healthcare Installs New Technology for Breast MRI Imaging and Analysis
UMIH in Southern California Installs SpectraLook Advanced Image Analysis Technology
to Improve Breast Cancer Detection
(September 16, 2010) – United Medical Imaging Healthcare, a 15 center network of free-standing imaging facilities serving residents of Los Angeles and Orange County California, today announces the installation of state-of-the-art technology that is used with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for breast cancer detection, localization, staging, treatment planning and serial monitoring. The new SpectraLook® advanced image analysis (CAD) solution from iCAD, Inc., will provide local residents with the latest and most advanced technology for the early diagnosis of breast cancer.
SpectraLook is an advanced image analysis solution for breast MRI designed to assist radiologists in distinguishing potential cancers in the breast as part of their overall analysis of the MRI procedure results. It is advanced image processing and analysis software that provides enhanced quantitative information about the breast tissue and creates colorized images for a visual indication of areas of suspicion. Both of these pieces of information from SpectraLook, combined with all the MRI data, enable radiologists to more confidently discern between malignant and benign lesions.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) guideline recommends that women with a high risk of developing breast cancer should be screened using MRI along with their yearly mammogram. The indications for high risk include women with a known genetic mutation; women who have not been tested but who have a first degree relative with a known mutation, who have a greater than 20 to 25 percent lifetime risk of breast cancer as determined by currently available risk assessment tools; and women who received chest irradiation between the ages of 10 and 30.
“It is especially important that younger women with a family history of breast cancer discuss the option of breast MRI with their primary care physicians,” according to Dr. Moossa Heikali, medical director at United Medical Imaging Healthcare. “While digital mammography is important and necessary, it does not always provide all the information we need to make an accurate diagnosis. So to help with early-stage breast cancer detection especially among high risk women, we feel that breast MRI with SpectraLook is an important tool that will assist us in our quest to provide the women in our community with the best care.”
About United Medical Imaging Healthcare
United Medical Imaging Healthcare is a leader in providing convenient and sophisticated diagnostic radiology in its network of 15 facilities throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. UMIH combines world-class radiology expertise, technological innovation and a relaxing environment to provide quality patient care and diagnostic imaging services. UMIH offers the full spectrum of radiology services: PET, MRI, CAT Scan, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Mammography, Fluoroscopy, DEXA Scans and X-Rays. For more information, visit www.umih.com
About iCAD, Inc.
iCAD, Inc. is an industry-leading provider of advanced image analysis and workflow solutions that enable healthcare professionals to better serve patients by identifying pathologies and pinpointing cancer earlier. iCAD offers a comprehensive range of high-performance, upgradeable Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) systems and workflow solutions for mammography (film-based, digital radiography and computed radiography), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT). Since receiving FDA approval for the Company’s first breast cancer detection product in 2002, more than 3,800 iCAD systems have been placed in healthcare practices worldwide. iCAD’s solutions aid in the early detection of the most prevalent cancers including breast, prostate, and colon, and, in the future, lung cancer. For more information, call (877) iCADnow or visit www.icadmed.com.
Vice President Business Development
United Medical Imaging Healthcare
On behalf of iCAD
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