Lenox Hill Hospital is the first and only hospital in Manhattan to acquire the new ImageChecker Computer Aided Detection (CAD) system for use in breast cancer screening to assist radiologists in minimizing false negative readings during mammograms.
The ImageChecker is the first FDA-approved computer-aided system for use in breast cancer screening. Clinical studies show use of this system could result in earlier detection of up to 23.4 percent of the cancers currently detected with screening mammography in those women who had a mammogram nine to 24 months earlier.
"Early diagnosis is the key to surviving breast cancer, and mammography screenings with the benefit of this CAD system could prevent thousands of breast cancer deaths each year," said Evan Morton, MD, Section Chief of Women's Imaging at Lenox Hill Hospital. "Regular screening mammograms are still the best way to detect breast cancer early, which is also when it is easiest to treat. With this new system in place at Lenox Hill Hospital, we will be able to significantly increase our detection rate of early cancers."
The system is currently used in conjunction with film-based mammography. After digitizing a film mammogram, the system's specialized processing software analyzes the image and draws the radiologist's attention to features that may be indicative of cancer. Typically, the radiologist first reviews the entire mammogram and then activates the system's monitor to see if any areas have been highlighted for additional review. If an image is highlighted, the radiologist goes back to the original mammogram to review this area of the image in more detail.
According to the National Institutes of Health, if breast cancer is identified early, when it is confined to the duct or local area of the breast, the patient's chances for survival are dramatically higher. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer patients decreases from approximately 95 percent for cancers detected and treated at an early stage, to 36 percent for later stage cancers (where the cancer has spread to surrounding tissue) to just 7 percent for late stage cancers that have spread to distant organs.
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