Standard mammography has made a significant impact in the early detection of breast cancer. However, it does not serve all women equally. Finding cancers in women with dense breast can be difficult using mammography alone. Cancer and dense breast tissue both appear white using x-ray technology, which means that cancers can be hidden within dense breast tissue on mammograms. In addition, almost half of women say they do not get regular screening mammograms due to discomfort and radiation. This indicates there are challenges to overcome with standard mammography.
To address these challenges, Delphinus Medical Technologies, Inc. invented SoftVue™, a 3D whole breast ultrasound system. SoftVue™ introduces a new approach to imaging the entire breast using sound and water. Using a 360-degree imaging ring that transmits soundwaves, SoftVue™ scans the entire breast while it is immersed in warm water to create full-volumetric images of the breast. Ultrasound is not confounded by breast density, unlike mammography, which allows doctors to see cancers that may have been hidden on standard mammography. In addition, the exam is comfortable as there is no compression or radiation. Women simply lie on their stomachs with one breast at a time submerged in water. The imaging ring scans from the nipple to the chest wall without making contact with the breast to generate a full image of the breast.
Delphinus Medical Technologies, Inc. is sponsoring a large, nationwide project investigating the SoftVue™ system’s ability to detect cancer in women with dense breasts. The Radiology Associates of the Fox Valley, in partnership with the Living Well Foundation and St Elizabeth Hospital, part of Ascension, is one of eight sites across the nation participating in this research project. The goal of the project is to enroll 10,000 women with dense breasts to receive a SoftVue™ exam in order to evaluate the effectiveness of finding cancers using SoftVue™ compared to mammography. To learn more about the SoftVue™ technology visit delphinusmt.com . To learn more about the nationwide research project visit discoversoftvue.com.