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
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.