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Comprehensive diagnosis for early detection of breast cancer

New software combines key imaging techniques for breast diagnostics on a single workstation

The latest version of Syngo Mammo Report, the mammography workstation from Siemens, for the first time combines tomosynthesis, 3D ultrasound and 3D magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with 2D mammography. That way, breast care specialists can interpret images from various examinations of one patient at a glance.

When mammography indicates a lump in the breast, radiologists often have to use additional imaging methods to acquire a detailed diagnosis. To assess the various images from ultrasound, MRI, and mammography systems, there is usually a dedicated workstation respectively. The latest version of the mammography workstation Syngo Mammo Report from Siemens enables radiologists to display images from different examinations simultaneously. In addition to saving time, the direct comparison of results allows for a more comprehensive diagnosis. Furthermore, Syngo Mammo Report supports 3D applications for ultrasound, mammography, and MRI. Threedimensional imaging techniques are becoming increasingly important in the early detection of breast cancer, particularly for patients with dense breast tissue or with a family history of breast cancer.

Syngo Mammo Report also allows users to read images from other vendors' imaging systems. Moreover, the workstation can be integrated into the radiology information systems of different departments, such as the breast center or the radiology department.

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 48,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2009 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 11.9 billion euros and profit of around 1.5 billion euros.

The products mentioned here are not commercially available in all countries. Due to regulatory reasons the future availability in any country cannot be guaranteed. Further details are available from the local Siemens organizations. The outcomes achieved by the Siemens customers described herein were achieved in the customer's unique setting. Since there is no "typical" hospital and many variables exist (e.g., hospital size, case mix, level of IT adoption) there can be no guarantee that others will achieve the same results.

Sonja Fischer | Siemens Healthcare
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