CHICAGO, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- R2 Technology, Inc., the recognized leader in computer-aided detection (CAD) technology for medical imaging, today announced the introduction of the ImageChecker(R) DMax CAD system, here at the 90th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), November 28-December 2. Engineered to enhance workflow, the ImageChecker DMax system is powered by a new high volume, high performance laser scanner, developed collaboratively by R2 and Array Corporation USA, and offers twice the case throughput of other CAD systems while delivering superior image quality. R2 also announces an exclusive agreement with Array Corporation USA for this new laser film scanner, engineered specifically for the ImageChecker DMax system. Array was selected for this initiative "because of its long history and reputation for providing exceptional image quality and performance, and its ability to bring ImageChecker to the highest end of the technical spectrum, for customers demanding the most superior image quality possible," stated William J. Mercer, president and CEO of R2 Technology. "The Array laser scanner provides the best penetration of high density film available, resulting in better images for CAD processing and review." Able to scan a mammography film every 30 seconds, the unique, ergonomic design of this mammography CAD processing system provides maximum efficiency and ease of use. The ImageChecker DMax system has the smallest footprint R2 has ever offered, providing high-density, high performance CAD. The ImageChecker DMax is built around Array's latest laser film digitizer, a 50-micron resolution, noise-reducing system capable of penetrating films up to density OD4.3. The superb performance of the film scanner is directly responsible for the superior quality of images archived by ImageChecker DMax's DigitalNow feature, which allows clinics to archive the digitized film images to PACS. Image quality is particularly important when the archived images are to be used later for comparison purposes on softcopy review workstations. "The ImageChecker DMax is named after the blackest part of a mammography film, that of the highest optical density, often referred to as Dmax," said Julian Marshall, principal engineer for R2 Technology. "Combined with the Array technology's superior penetration of high density film, the new high performance DMax system provides the best possible CAD images and is ideal for use by high volume mammography clinics that demand proven clinical value and maximum productivity." Computer-aided detection is used by increasing numbers of radiologists as "a second pair of eyes" when reading a mammogram. Clinical trials demonstrated that use of the ImageChecker system could result in earlier detection of up to 23.4 percent of the cancers currently detected with screening mammography. The ImageChecker system from R2 Technology was the first CAD system approved by the FDA for use with mammography. Since 1998, R2 Technology has received 17 supplemental approvals for technological and clinical advances. To date, more than 1,500 ImageChecker CAD systems have been shipped worldwide and some eight million women have their mammograms interpreted annually with the aid of this leading CAD technology for the early detection of breast cancer. "We are pleased to partner with R2 Technology, each of us representing the high end of our core disciplines, to create the highest performing CAD system on the market," said Thomas J. Nardozzi, president of Array Corporation USA. "Powered by the new Array laser film scanner, the DMax produces superior quality images at twice the speed of other CAD systems. High quality scanners like Array's are critical for analog sites as well as centers that are transitioning to digital and need the ability to compare digitized priors side by side in a digital format." About Array Corporation USA Array Corporation USA provides technically superior solutions for capturing and communicating image data, and helps increases clinical productivity with digital scanning speed, performance and reliability. Using precise optics and a helium neon laser, Array scanning technology scans 14x17 film at 2K resolution in seven seconds, almost four times faster than its nearest competitor. It provides a true optical density of up to 4.3 with an accuracy of .002, while the nearest digitizer can achieve only about 3.7 OD. With a variable sampling pitch that changes spot size from 50 microns to 500 microns in one micron steps, the 2905 easily covers all possible uses for film digitization. Since its establishment in the U.S. in 1998, Array Corporation USA has cultivated a broad, nationwide network of validated vendors, authorized sales and service distributorships and direct end user clients. For more information about Array products, services and imaging solutions, call toll-free at (866) 680-7500, or visit http://www.arrayusa.com. About R2 Technology, Inc. R2 Technology, Inc., headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., is a recognized leader in the development and commercialization of computer-aided detection (CAD), an innovative technology that assists radiologists in the early detection of breast cancer, actionable lung nodules and other lung abnormalities. As a medical software company, R2 Technology is developing CAD systems for a variety of imaging modalities and disease states R2 was given the 2004 Frost and Sullivan Product of the Year award. For information, visit http://www.r2tech.com. ImageChecker is a registered trademark of R2 Technology, Inc.
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