Film-based mammography has been the standard in breast cancer screening for more than 30 years. One of the challenges with this technology is its limited sensitivity for the detection of breast cancer in women with dense breasts. Direct digital radiography for mammography produces higher resolution images that can be manipulated or enlarged by the radiologist for improving diagnostic accuracy, even with dense tissue. Direct digital radiography also has much faster image acquisition rates, enabling higher patient throughput.
Central to a digital mammography system is the detector plate. Analogic’s amorphous Selenium based detector technology allows for the direct conversion of X-ray energy into digital signals that can be processed into high-quality images within seconds. Unlike indirect technology, where the X-ray energy needs to be converted into light before being digitized, Selenium’s direct conversion produces much sharper images.
Advantages of Selenium direct digital detector technology include:
- Fast image acquisition
- Superior image quality
- Tomosynthesis capability
Tomosynthesis produces 3-D images using ultra-fast 2-D Selenium direct conversion detector plates. In tomosynthesis, multiple scans are taken across the breast from one side to the other at different angles. The scans are reconstructed to form a 3-D image for improved reading accuracy and reduced false positives. Tomosynthesis enables a more accurate examination of dense tissue.
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We design ultrasound systems, branded BK Medical, for imaging of the breast, including ultrasound-guided biopsy. We have ultrasound breast transducers that:
- Combine very high resolution with excellent penetration
- Possess superb image clarity in both the near and far fields, helping make biopsy-related decisions
- Have dedicated puncture guides for easier on-the-spot interventional procedures
Pelvic Floor Imaging
The female pelvic floor is a complex structure anatomically, functionally, and in its neurology and vascularity. Dysfunctions of the pelvic floor are caused by many factors, including birth-related trauma and age, and are complex in both cause and effect. The complex interrelationship of vaginal zones, with both anterior and posterior compartments, must be considered if effective treatments are to be prescribed.
Better and more detailed understanding of how pelvic floor function relates to anatomy, with the interrelated roles of bone, muscles, ligaments, vessels, and organs, is achievable through methodical ultrasound examination. With our complete solution, which combines transperineal, transvaginal, and transanal views, the most complete diagnostic pathway for pelvic floor dysfunctions can be realized, and post-surgical outcomes confirmed.