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Kodak Shows Computer-Aided Detection System for Its Mammography CR Platforms as a Works-in-Progress


LAS VEGAS, September 28 -- Eastman Kodak Company showed a computer-aided detection (CAD) system for its CR-based mammography platforms as a works-in-progress at the Breast Imaging Conference (BIC) this week. The CAD system is expected to be introduced next year.

Computer-aided detection software uses sophisticated algorithms to help identify suspicious areas on mammographic exams so radiologists can closely examine these regions for possible disease during a second review. CAD has proven to be a valuable tool in the fight against breast cancer by helping radiologists detect cancer at an early stage.

“These new CAD capabilities illustrate our commitment to deliver powerful clinical tools for the digital healthcare environment,” said David Faller, General Manager of the CAD Business, Kodak’s Health Group.

The company has offered mammography functionality as an optional feature on its KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR 850, CR 950 and CR 975 Systems outside the United States and Canada since May of 2005. The company is currently pursuing regulatory approval for its use within the United States and Canada.

When this CR-based CAD system is available, Kodak will offer an integrated, single-vendor solution for digital mammography.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop breast cancer, and early detection has been shown to improve patient outcomes. Today the five-year survival rate for patients with localized breast cancer (cancer that has not spread outside of the breast) is 98 percent. Breast cancer accounts for one out of every three new cancer diagnoses in women.

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.

Kodak is the world’s foremost imaging innovator, providing leading products and services to not only healthcare customers, but to the photographic and graphic communications markets. With sales of $14.3 billion in 2005, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. Consumers use Kodak’s system of digital and traditional image capture products and services to take, print and share their pictures anytime, anywhere; Businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using Kodak solutions for prepress, conventional and digital printing and document imaging; and Creative Professionals rely on Kodak technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images.
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