GE Research has had multiple programs since the 1970's developing advanced breast imaging systems in collaboration with clinical centers of excellence and part funded by NIH and DOD. Our long history started with the world's first breast CT system in 1976. In the 1990's the GE Research team developed the first full field digital mammography (FFDM) systems, which enabled multiple new system designs including digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). GE Research engineers and scientists developed and fabricated the imaging detectors, integrated into a mammography system and developed the image processing and systems control software. Today, film based mammography has been replaced by digital mammography with tomosynthesis fast becoming the new standard of care.
The tomosynthesis prototypes investigated the design space for the eventual GE Healthcare products - SenoClaire and Senographe Pristina. These products demonstrate GE Research's capability breadth as the team designed and fabricated not only the system, but the reconstruction technology. As we developed knowledge of the systems at our clinical partner sites, the technology was further improved. For our tomosynthesis prototype the team consisted not only of mammography expertise, but also image reconstruction from our CT team. Today thousands of women are imaged every day on our systems.
Capabilities utilized for Advanced Breast Imaging project
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