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Guardian has initiated research and development activities focused on the implementation of its new Intelligent Imaging Informatics (3i) technology in the following three healthcare related areas:
1. Extended Visualization Imaging Tools - there is a broad range of medical imaging modalities that can benefit from the clarification capabilities of the 3i image processing algorithms. These include, but are not limited to, images from digital x-ray, MRI, CT, and ultrasound modalities. Low-resolution images such as those generated from nuclear medicine and PET modalities may especially benefit from these new tools. Research and development activities will be extended to the analysis of the market potential for real-time image clarification in motion analysis in ultrasound, cardiology, and a wide range of neurological surgical procedures from brain to back surgery. The first two images at the following link (http://www.guardiantechintl.com/news.php?npage=01092006_pic1) illustrate how Guardian's advanced imaging can help differentiate tumors at various depths in a mammogram (or other tissue studies). The original mammogram image (photo 1) is very difficult to read, with the enlarged area of concern showing little edge definition. The Guardian clarified image (photo 2) and its respective 'blow up' show excellent definition and are far more useful in making an initial diagnosis and then monitoring cell growth or retardation on an ongoing basis. 2. Multi-Modal Synthesis/ Image Fusion - Guardian is integrating various techniques to meld information from multiple image sources, such as x-ray and ultrasound, to create new, enhanced images that provide exceptional clarification of difficult-to-read images. Examples of how this technology can aid radiologists in viewing tumors extending into deep tissue are available in photos 3 & 4 at (http://www.guardiantechintl.com/news.php?npage=01092006_pic2). Furthermore, Guardian is exploring image and acoustic synthesis, as well as the synthesis of Guardian's patent pending Reaction-based Imaging Spectroscopy technology with single energy x-ray systems where only density information is available. 3. Computer Aided Detection ("CAD") - Guardian is in the early stages of developing CAD applications within several different modalities and for several different medical areas of need, including mammography, chest study analysis, pathology and histology. Similar to the threat detection capabilities available in Guardian's PinPoint product, the process will automatically outline areas of concern (possible areas of cancer) for the radiologist and/or physician within seconds. Guardian's 3i technology can potentially detect specific organic items that are minute or that are obscured behind bones or large amounts of tissue to provide earlier and/or more accurate detection and diagnosis of deadly diseases. It also can potentially aid in determining exactly what areas contain cancerous cells in order to minimize the amount to be removed, yet capture all affected cells to prevent its spread. An illustration of how Guardian can show the extent of recurrent cell carcinoma in skin cells is available in Photos 5 & 6 at (http://www.guardiantechintl.com/news.php?npage=01092006_pic3).
About Guardian Technologies
Guardian Technologies, based in Herndon, Virginia, employs high-performance imaging technologies and advanced analytics to create integrated information management products and services. It primarily focuses on the areas of healthcare radiology and transportation security scanning. Guardian's products and services automate the processing of large quantities of graphic, numeric, and textual data so organizations can efficiently detect, extract, analyze or effectively act upon the information gleaned from the data. Guardian's solutions are designed to improve the quality and speed of decision-making and enhance organizational productivity and accuracy. For additional information, visit www.guardiantechintl.com.
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EDITORS NOTE: Photos illustrating the various applications being developed are available for you to include in your coverage of this story. Low resolution images for easy viewing and 300 dpi jpg images with captions for downloading are available at (http://www.guardiantechintl.com/news.php?npage=01092006_1&nmeta=52}. Or, to obtain a CD of the images, please contact Julie Shepherd at 815 479 1833, Julie@accentuatepr.com