Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Eastman Kodak Company for Significant Advancements in CR Imaging that Aid in Breast Cancer Detection
Palo Alto, Calif., July 20, 2006 — Frost & Sullivan today announced Eastman Kodak Company has received its 2006 Award for Excellence in Technology in recognition of Kodak’s role in advancing the use of computed radiography (CR) for breast cancer detection.
Mammography image quality has become extremely vital for physicians to understand the intensity of the disease, considering the rising levels of breast cancer. The affordability and versatility of computed radiography offers a practical entry into digital mammography and Kodak has installed hundreds of CR systems with its mammography feature outside the United States since its launch in 2005.
“The KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR Mammography Feature for CR 850/950/975 Systems enables mammography images to be captured digitally with Kodak’s CR systems while continuing to use these systems for general radiography exams,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Nivedithaa Gopaalakrishnan. “This is reflective of Kodak’s commitment to maintain its leadership in mammography imaging as a result of continually bringing new products to market to improve the health of women worldwide.”
Kodak has successfully submitted two of the three necessary modules to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval of its CR system for mammography. The filings are part of Kodak’s plan for obtaining regulatory approval in the U.S. and Canada for its CR for mammography feature.
Kodak’s CR system offers wide exposure latitude that helps in capturing high quality images in single shots, thereby speeding up the process and improving operational efficiency. The additional functionalities developed offer affordability and versatility, thus allowing healthcare professionals to venture into digital mammography. “The system’s spatial resolution provides a detailed representation of tissue, microcalcification and septations in the breast, up to a level of nine to 10 line pairs per millimeter,” states Gopaalakrishnan. “This enables physicians to locate changes in the individual calculi and analyze suspect lesions with a resolution quality that equals analog quality.”
For early detection of microcalcifications, high-contrast resolution is crucial, especially in cases of denser glandular parenchyma. The system’s ability for higher resolution allows physicians to assess fine septations, nodular changes, and calculi, which is not possible by conventional imaging.
The CR system helps to produce high-resolution scans with a 50-micrometer pixel pitch. The newly available EHR-M screen delivers the highest detective quantum efficiency (DQE) of any KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR Screen. KODAK DIRECTVIEW EVP Software and KODAK Black Surround/ Masking Software provide the necessary quality for mammography.
While the KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR mammography cassettes provide a clearer view of the target organ with access up to the chest wall, its compatibility with modern mammography equipment is ensured through the ISO standard. Its features help ensure longevity and durability, thereby reducing operational costs
The mammography feature can be purchased from Kodak’s Health Group as an option when purchasing a new KODAK CR 850/950/975 system—or added as an upgrade to an existing KODAK CR system—now or in the future. This feature is currently available in Greater Asia, Europe, Japan, Latin America and other parts of the world.
Kodak currently offers a broad portfolio of digital mammography solutions including CAD (computer aided detection) for mammography; PACS (picture archiving and communication systems) that includes a KODAK Mammography Workstation offering special display protocols and tools designed to enhance radiologists’ productivity; and a laser imaging system with special software for printing digital mammography images.
Each year Frost & Sullivan presents the Excellence in Technology Award to a company that has pioneered the development and introduction of an innovative technology into the market; a technology that has either impacted or has the potential to impact several market sectors. Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.
About Kodak’s Health Group
Kodak’s Health Group, with 2005 revenues of $2.65 billion, is a world leader in supplying the medical and dental professions with advanced healthcare products, services and information technology solutions. Its broad portfolio includes picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), healthcare information systems, computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) systems, laser imagers, mammography and oncology systems, x-ray film systems, dental imaging products, and a range of consulting—as well as repair and maintenance—services. For more information about Kodak’s Health Group, contact your Kodak representative or visit www.kodak.com/go/health.
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