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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Merge eMed Announces Release of Cedara I-ReadMammo Digital Mammograhy Workstation Software

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MILWAUKEE, Oct. 26 /CNW/ -- Merge eMed, a Merge Healthcare company, announced the release of Cedara I-ReadMammo digital mammography workstation software. This multi-modality, vendor-neutral mammography workstation software product is designed to help organizations streamline breast imaging workflow and reduce costs in adopting digital mammography.

A designated National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center, the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center now uses the Cedara I-ReadMammo workstation to read digital mammograms as well as breast ultrasound and MRI studies produced by devices from a wide array of vendors. "The problem in the past has been that digital mammography sites were forced to work in multi-station environments," Dr. Chris Comstock, UCSD's Director of Breast Imaging, says. "This was inefficient because digital mammography workstations were not geared to multi-modality viewing, nor were PACS workstations optimized for mammography hanging protocols. The future of digital breast imaging is the creation of a one-workhorse reading station that increases the efficiency of the center. The workflow we have with I-ReadMammo is already there."

I-ReadMammo was designed to help sites like UCSD achieve their goal of moving to a single workstation environment. By offering a multi-modality review environment for breast imaging, radiologists no longer have to purchase a multitude of workstations to read digital breast images. Providing a multi-vendor workstation software solution means imaging centers and hospitals that select I-ReadMammo as their mammography workstation software standard can avoid the cost and inefficiency of vendor-specific workstations for each mammography modality.

The introduction of Cedara I-ReadMammo follows one of the largest breast cancer screening studies ever performed. Sponsored by the NCI, the four-year Digital Mammography Imaging Screening Trial (DMIST) showed that digital mammograms are better than analog x-ray mammography in detecting breast cancer in younger women and those with dense breasts. With digital mammography, a clinician uses technology to create an electronic image of the breast and store it directly in a computer, much like today's increasingly popular digital photography. Digital mammography differs from traditional film mammography because the recorded digital data can be magnified, enhanced or manipulated for further evaluation.

Cedara I-ReadMammo streamlines image viewing and comparison, with tools for cropping, spot brightening, synchronized magnification, pan and zoom. With automatic image display functionality, organizations save film-hanging time. Users optimize reading workflow by pre-configuring image layout, presentation and view order preferences. The system delivers Smart Load technology to load images as quickly as possible so users can start reading immediately. All the tools and information needed to make a diagnosis are accessed at the click of a button using programmable trackball and keypad functions, customizable toolbars, and right mouse button commands. I-ReadMammo can be interfaced with any existing DICOM-compliant PACS solution.


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