Detecting the signs of breast cancer — early
Early Detection – Computer-aided Detection
Reliable detection of abnormalities – with CAD
In the process of image interpretation, it is paramount to detect even the most subtle lesions, including clustered microcalcifications, spiculated and non-spiculated masses as well as architectural distortions.
Computer-aided detection (CAD) is a widely accepted clinical tool serving as a “second reader,” assisting clinicians by drawing their attention to suspicious areas in mammograms that require further review. With its ever-increasing accuracy, CAD has become an integral part of the digital mammography workflow, assisting you in the detection of cancer in its earliest and most easily treatable stage.
iCAD’s SecondLook Digital CAD analyzes images from the Siemens full-field digital mammography systems and generates CAD marks to highlight suspicious areas, such as masses and microcalcifications.
“I found CAD to be especially valuable in flagging small, early-stage lesions, and lesions in younger women. These are the ones that are most likely to be overlooked and where CAD makes the most difference.”
Tommy E. Cupples, MD, Private Practice Radiologist, ImageCare, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
This case demonstrates a small spiculated mass (15 mm), in the right breast. The breast contains scattered fibro-glandular densities (breast density 2), allowing for easy identification of the mass. The mass is detected in both views. There are no false marks.
Subtle small mass
(seen fully in only one view) There is a subtly spiculated 10 mm mass deep in the left breast. This case is interesting because the mass is so deep that it is only partially visualized in the CC view. In spite of this, the algorithm detected the mass in both views. The breast is fatty (breast density 1). There are no false marks.
(in extremely dense breast) This is a case of a cluster of mamma carcinomas. The breast is extremely dense (breast density 4), with a very low contrast between the breast tissue and the calcifications, making the finding subtle. The cluster is detected in both views of the left breast. There are 2 false mass marks in the left CC view, representing normal parenchyma, and one false mass mark in the left MLO view overlying the head of the humerus
Subtle asymmetric density
(in dense breast) This is a case of asymmetric density, with ill defined area of increased density in the right breast. The breast is heterogeneously dense (breast density 3), making the finding subtle. The asymmetric density was detected in both views, with an ellipse that is somewhat smaller than the area of asymmetry. There is one false mass in the left breast which represents an area of normal breast
*The statements by Siemens’ customers described herein are based on results that were achieved in the customer's unique setting. Since there is no "typical" setting and many variables exist there can be no guarantee that other customers will achieve the same results.