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Survey reveals patients preference for new breast examination method

Advanced Imaging Technologies : 28 November, 2007  (New Product)
Advanced Imaging Technologies has announced results of a survey that indicates patients prefer receiving a breast exam using the ARIA BIS compared with other modalities.
Advanced Imaging Technologies surveyed more than 100 patients ranging in age from 27 to 88 years who had been imaged using the ARIA BIS and other modalities, including X-ray mammography. When asked how the ARIA exam compared directly to mammography, 89 percent of patients responded that the exam was better than getting a mammogram. 95 percent of patients would request the exam again and 87 percent indicated they would pay out of pocket for the exam in the future.

'Patients clearly want better options for their breast exams,' said Michael Hartwig, chief operating officer, Advanced Imaging Technologies. 'Our product is not only more comfortable for patients, but it also provides better information for improved diagnostic care, especially for women with dense tissue.'

Existing imaging modalities for breast screening and diagnostics tend to be uncomfortable for the patient. MRI requires contrast agents and the exam can take longer than an hour, while X-ray mammography, in addition to using radiation, painfully compresses the breast. Further, reflective Ultrasound requires direct and prolonged contact with the handheld probe that some patients find to be intrusive. ARIA BIS addresses many of these issues as the system does not use ionizing radiation, does not use contrast agents or gels and breast compression is to patient comfort. The company conducted numerous patient focus groups before bringing the product to market.

ARIA BIS images the whole breast to produce standardised, multi-planar, volumetric data sets of the anatomy with minimal operator dependence. The system has proven clinically to be superior to mammography and reflective Ultrasound combined, especially in women with dense breast tissue.

'ARIA BIS is the only through-wave Ultrasound imaging device on the market and with increased utilisation our product has the opportunity to make a significant positive impact on women's care,' added Hartwig.

ARIA BIS is FDA cleared for breast imaging and image-guided breast biopsy.
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