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High Point Regional Installs Second Look Computer Aided Detection System

11/3/2004

High Point Regional has recently installed a new, computer-aided detection (CAD) system for mammography that assists radiologists in breast cancer detection. Second Look, from iCAD, Inc., is a sophisticated screening tool that assists radiologists by providing a computerized second review of mammograms, and is approved for both screening and diagnostic use. The review process draws their attention to potential areas of concern that may indicate the presence of cancer.

“It’s well documented that early detection is the key to breast cancer survival,” Karen Meadows, Women’s Imaging supervisor, said. “Second Look is designed to improve the process of mammography screening by calling a radiologist’s attention to subtle types of changes in tissue that may indicate the presence of cancer. It provides a valuable second read that increases the chances of detecting breast cancer in the early stages.”

While traditional mammography has proved to be a powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer, even the most trained eye can miss subtle variations in tissue that may be of concern. The result is that 20 to 30 percent of cancers can go undetected during the screening process, but over 26% of cancers missed by a radiologist are detected with the use of Second Look.

When it comes to patient care, one of Second Look’s true benefits is that it requires no additional procedures. Once a patient has had their annual mammogram, the mammogram is fed into the system and the Second Look software analyzes it. Second Look produces a laser-printed report, the Mammagraph™, which highlights potential areas of concern. The radiologist uses the Mammagraph to assist with the interpretation of the original mammogram.

“We’re excited to be offering this new technology at High Point Regional.,” Meadows said. “Second Look will assist us in early detection of breast cancer.” For more information about Second Look or mammography screening, please call the Women’s Imaging Suite at 878-6201.

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