Royal Philips and University of California Collaborate to Improve Spectral Breast Imaging Screening

Royal Philips and University of California Collaborate to Improve Spectral Breast Imaging Screening
Royal Philips recently announced a collaboration with the University of California to explore how spectral breast imaging can improve the measurement of breast density, potentially aiding clinicians with a better assessment of breast cancer risks. In the study, the researchers will use Royal Philips' spectral mammography platform called MicroDose SI. The technology was designed to address the issue of lower diagnostic accuracy of mammography for high-density breasts, and is potentially able to improve the quality of imaging for low dose diagnostics. Evidence shows that high dense breasts are at increased risk for cancer, with estimates showing that these women have a 75% increased risk of developing breast cancer when compared to women with less dense tissue. Mammography is also less accurate in detecting breast cancer in breasts with a higher density. With the use of improved technology, clinicians should be able to personalize screenings and treatments of breast cancer. Royal Philips MicroDose SI innovated spectral imaging by adding a new feature named Spectral Breast Density Measurement. The tool utilizes photon counting technology to acquire spectral data of the adipose and of fibroglandular tissue in a single exposure of a low dose mammogram, providing an accurate measurement of volumetric breast density. This approach can potentially pave the way for a refined risk evaluation and adapted care. [adrotate group="3"] A total of 40 post-mortem breasts will be examined with the technology in comparison to chemical analysis in the first study phase. The researchers are aiming to complete the study over a one- to two-year-long period. “Through this study, UC Irvine and Philips are looking to set an industry standard for objectively measuring breast de
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