iCAD releases new CAD version

September 22, 2006

Computer-aided detection pioneer iCAD has upgraded its mammography CAD technology. The new product, Version 7.2, is now shipping with the company’s workstations SecondLook 300 and 700.

Computer-aided detection pioneer iCAD has upgraded its mammography CAD technology. The new product, Version 7.2, is now shipping with the company's workstations SecondLook 300 and 700.

"It is the latest algorithm that works across our product line," said Jeff Barnes, iCAD senior vice president of sales. "It is the only thing we are shipping now."

A variation of this version is designed for use on FujiFilm Medical USA's CR mammography product, Barnes noted. This particular software, optimized for CR, is still pending FDA approval, however.

CAD v7.2, like preceding versions, automatically identifies and marks areas of a digital mammogram. This latest software, however, has improved sensitivity to subtle cancers with fewer false positives and more understandable indications, according to Dr. Rachel Brem, an early evaluator of the software and director of breast imaging and intervention at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC.

The company claims CAD v7.2 reduces the number of false markings in SecondLook output. Brem reports that tests at GWU Medical Center showed a significant improvement in mass detection.