It is estimated that one out of eight women have the risk of developing breast cancer during her lifetime. According to the National Cancer Society, an estimated 211, 240 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in America this year, and approximately 40, 410 will die from it. Mammography is the most effective method of screening for breast cancer.
Mammography involves taking specialized x-rays of the breast in order to detect cancer. A mammogram is the best method of screening for breast cancer. There are two basic types of mammograms – screening and diagnostic.
After the radiologist views the original mammogram conventionally, they then review the R2-CAD makers display on low-resolution video monitors. An ImageChecker System is a computer-aided detection (CAD) system that digitizes a mammogram and analyzes it using a proprietary signal processing software, which highlights areas on the mammogram that contain features associated with cancer. The ImageChecker System is like a "Spell Checker" for medical images. The ImageChecker System is the first FDA approved computer-aided detection system for screening and full-view diagnostic mammograms. It is designed to assist the radiologist in reducing the number of false negative readings resulting from observational oversights, by drawing their attention to areas that may warrant a second review. The overall result is the accurate detection of abnormalities which aids radiologists with early detection of breast cancer. The use of the ImageChecker System could result in earlier detection of up to 23.4% of the cancers currently detected with screening mammography in those women who had a prior screening mammogram 9 to 24 months prior. Early detection of breast cancer is the key to higher survival rates, better prognosis and lower treatment costs.