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Dedicated Breast MR Imaging System Distinguishes Between Tumor and Normal Fat Tissue

Dedicated Breast MR Imaging System Distinguishes Between Tumor and Normal Fat Tissue

he development and testing of a new method of high quality clinical fat/water separated 3D breast MR images was recently announced by Advanced NMR Systems Inc., with its subsidiary, Advanced Mammography Systems Inc.

This new technique, used in conjunction with their imaging technology for breast diagnosis, suppresses the signal from fatty tissue, and allows MR imaging to distinguish tumor from normal fat breast tissue. In contrast, conventional nondedicated MR imaging generally cannot distinguish between tumor and normal fat breast tissue.

This new method also reduces breast imaging to under 6 minutes, according to the company, thereby increasing patient comfort.

A patent application for this technique is currently being processed for filing. Advanced Mammography Systems Inc. has completed a prototype of its dedicated MR mammography system, and is currently negotiating with medical facilities for its installation. The company has filed for Food and Drug Administration clearance for commercial use of this system.

 
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