Sunday Sandrick Mammography Kodak

November 27, 2005

A mammography upgrade to Kodak’s DirectView CR system, shown Sunday at the RSNA meeting, promises to allow hospitals and imaging centers to move toward digital breast imaging on existing computed radiography platforms from Kodak.

A mammography upgrade to Kodak's DirectView CR system, shown Sunday at the RSNA meeting, promises to allow hospitals and imaging centers to move toward digital breast imaging on existing computed radiography platforms from Kodak.

When approved for mammography by the FDA, DirectView CR systems will be used in a dedicated mammography setting or in general radiography suites without changing CR procedures, workflow, or the user interface.

The DirectView CR Mammography feature has been installed in more than 200 settings outside the US and Canada. It is undergoing clinical trials as part of the pre-market submission process with the FDA. Just days before the RSNA meeting, Kodak announced the first submission in a series of modules to the FDA regarding this technology.

The DirectView CR Mammography option offers enhanced image quality by utilizing a 50-micron pixel pitch. Its EHR-M screen provides the highest detector quantum efficiency (DQE) of any Kodak DirectView CR Screen, and the exposure latitude of CR and post-acquisition image processing achieves more consistent image quality than conventional imaging, according to the company. Enhanced visualization image processing (EVP) and black surround/masking software provides increased latitude and high-contrast image detail.

Also being shown at the RSNA meeting is a works-in-progress point-of-care CR 300M system for mammography. The system is small enough for use on a tabletop.