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Advanced Breast Imaging

Advanced Breast Imaging

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 Today, film based mammography has been replaced by digital mammography with tomosynthesis fast becoming the new standard of care.

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Project Impact

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. 

Brochures and Specs
Acknowledgment/Disclaimer: FFDM System developed with Massachusetts General Hospital and supported by National Cancer Institute under 1R01CA060183-01 and University of Colorado and University of Massachusetts supported under the CDMRP Breast Program. Original Tomosynthesis Unit developed with Massachusetts General Hospital and supported by Early Detection and Characterization of Breast Cancer DAMD17-97-1-7144 and DAMD17-98-1-8309 Development and Clinical Evaluation of Tomosynthesis for Digital Mammography Second Generation Tomosynthesis Unit developed with National Naval Medical College and the University of Michigan and supported by Grant No. MDA9050210012 from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, through subcontract 65092 from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine and Grant No. 5R01 CA091713 from the National Cancer Institute.
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