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Mobile Aurora Breast MRI System heads for a tour of Italy

Aurora Imaging Technology : 09 August, 2007  (New Product)
Aurora Imaging Technology has introduced a mobile Aurora 1.5Tesla Dedicated Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) System to physicians and patients throughout Italy.
Aurora Imaging Technology has introduced a mobile Aurora 1.5Tesla Dedicated Breast Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) System to physicians and patients throughout Italy.

The Aurora System is offered by Paramed, and is designed to travel throughout the country for short-term use by some of Italy’s leading and most progressive breast cancer specialists.

“Italian physicians are fully aware of the high clinical efficacy of breast MRI. Unfortunately, due to the limited availability of MRI systems capable of performing the more complicated and lengthy breast MRI exams, patients often have to wait as long as six months for examinations,” said Roberto Dutto, president, Paramed.

“By mobilising the Aurora System, it has immediately allowed us to serve many more physicians in key regions and has helped to address the significant increase in demand for breast MRI. As a by-product, it also will allow the enhancement of valuable networking among breast cancer specialists in our country, which will be critical to the development of consensus regarding breast MRI.”

To date, the Aurora System has been used by leading physicians in the Italian cities of Forli, Padova, Verona, Bari and Genoa. There is an active plan to add more units to cover wider service areas.

“Remarkably, with a mobile Aurora unit, in just three weeks we were able to perform more than 60 breast MRI scans on women who are either extremely high risk or are suspicious of having breast cancer. Having access to the Aurora System completely mitigated our previously long MRI waiting list. Furthermore, utilising Aurora’s biopsy targeting software, we have also successfully executed several MR-guided biopsies, thus providing the much needed critical information to aid in patient diagnosis,” said Dr Massimo Calabrese, MD, radiologist, University Hospital San Martino, Genoa.

“At the end of each examination, we conducted a brief patient survey. I am very pleased to announce that overwhelmingly, our patients who previously had MRI scans on a different machine now clearly preferred the comfort of the Aurora System. From a patient view point, this is important.”

The examination table is designed with as much attention to patient comfort as the maximum utilisation of the Aurora System’s advanced technology. Indeed, Aurora’s examination table allows the largest access to the breasts available when compared to any other MRI system.

The novel feet-first entry minimises feelings of claustrophobia. Patients rest comfortably on a massage-type table which is contoured specifically for the breast anatomy. Improved patient comfort minimises the risk of patient movement, thus reducing motion artifacts on the images. With the Aurora System, patients lie prone, with arms forward and down for comfort and their breasts suspended away from their chest, which allows independent and more accurate evaluation of possible disease metastasizing to these regions.

“Implementing this very unique mobile strategy with Paramed has allowed us to rapidly extend Aurora’s access to physicians and patients throughout Italy. These are patients who otherwise may have to suffer long waiting times, or wouldn’t have access to this healthcare at all,” said Olivia Ho Cheng, president and chief executive officer, Aurora.

“Driven and encouraged by the evidence that much higher clinical benefits are delivered to patients in existing US centres, Aurora is determined to globalise its technology and services, and having a mobile system is a manifestation of this commitment,” concluded Cheng.
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