New Breast Cancer Screening Technology Being Investigated by Radiology Associates of the Fox Valley

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. 

 

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3D Whole Breast Ultrasound System , SoftVue

Women simply lie on their stomachs with one breast at a time submerged in water

Using a 360-degree imaging ring that transmits soundwaves


Breast Cancer – Current Issues and Promising Techniques

Currently, thirty-five states have either put laws into effect or are in the process of passing laws that require breast density information be given to patients with their mammogram results. Wisconsin is not one of those states.[1] Additionally, research has shown that women with dense breasts may be up to six times more likely to develop breast cancer,[2] so it is important there are adequate means of screening these patients and ways of being proactive regarding breast cancer. Fortunately, a new technology, SoftVue, is being investigated locally. Led by Delphinus and in joint collaboration with Radiology Associates of the Fox Valley, St. Elizabeth Hospital, and the LivingWell Foundation, SoftVue is a new style of breast imaging that incorporates the attenuation of conventional mammography with the acoustic properties of ultrasound scans.[3] It is seeking FDA approval in hopes of proving its capability of finding more cancers and reducing false-positives and -negatives, particularly in women with dense breasts.[4]

 

1st Author: Tessa Miller

2nd Author: Rudy Lin, MD

 

[1] Durning, M. (2016, May 26). Breast Density Notification Laws by State – Interactive Map. Retrieved January 01, 2017, from http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/breast-imaging/breast-density-notification-laws-state-interactive-map
[2] Adding 3-D Mammography or Ultrasound to Regular Screening Finds More Cancers in Dense Breasts. (2016, March 18). Retrieved January 01, 2017, from http://www.breastcancer.org/research-news/add-3d-mammo-or-ultrasound-to-dense-breast-screening
[3] Delphinus. (2016). SoftvueTM System. Retrieved January 01, 2017, from http://www.delphinusmt.com/technology/
[4] Ibid.