Lowering Radiation in Mammography Treatment

By: | December 16th, 2012

Siemens have revealed new mammography treatment technology that reduces radiation up to 30% while not hampering the quality of the images produced.

The technology, called the MAMMOMAT Inspiration Prime Edition, was announced in late November in Chicago at the meetings of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The MAMMOMAT Inspiration Prime Edition lowers the levels of radiation subjected to a patient by replacing standard scatter radiation with an algorithm, which will identify scatter-causing structures just as effectively but with less radiation.

Speaking with Dot Med News, Jennifer Okken, clinical product manager for women’s health at Siemens, says: “It’s a huge improvement. Mammography is a screening where the patient comes in every year and might need additional images and things like that, so you want to try and keep the dose as low as possible.”

Crucially, the quality of the image produced by these new mammograms will be of near an equally high quality for doctors to examine the results of the scan.

“There’s really not much of a difference between the images at all,” Okken explains, “and the biggest improvement was on the imaging processing side, rather than adding a mechanical component.”

The MAMMOMAT Inspiration Prime Edition is still not available commercially as it is awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration in the States.

Jonathan Keane

Irish journalist writing on business, tech and engineering.


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