Barco offers world’s only diagnostic display cleared for viewing all types of breast imaging exams
Kortrijk, Belgium, 15 October 2015 — Healthcare imaging specialist Barco is pleased to announce that its flagship diagnostic display system – Coronis UnitiTM – has been clinically validated for multi-modality breast imaging. This makes Coronis Uniti the world’s first and only diagnostic display that can be used for both PACS and multi-modality breast imaging, including breast tomosynthesis, 3D mammography, breast MRI and breast ultrasound.
Barco’s Coronis Uniti display system had previously been cleared for viewing PACS and mammography images, including breast tomosynthesis. The FDA’s new indications for use include breast MRI, breast ultrasound, CT and ultrasound, including vascular and gynecological ultrasound, enabling radiologists to view a host of breast imaging modalities – in color or grayscale, 2D or 3D, static or dynamic – on a single display.
The benefits of multi-modality breast imaging
The ability to access any image on a single display offers significant benefits, from workflow and clinical perspectives. First of all, it eliminates the need to change workstations to complete patient studies. Additionally, running side-by-side comparisons and image fusions have proven to positively impact diagnostic interpretation. The use of ultrasound in combination with conventional mammography in women with dense breasts, for example, has resulted in better early breast cancer detection.(1)
Barco engineers spent years researching the best way to enable multi-modality PACS and breast imaging on a single display and developed revolutionary technologies to make this possible.
“With Coronis Uniti, we wanted to break through the technical boundaries of multi-modality integration and deliver the first unified workflow for radiologists in order to improve reading productivity as well health outcomes,” confirms Lynda Domogalla, Barco’s VP Product Marketing for Healthcare. “We have succeeded in developing a ‘one size fits all’ diagnostic display – which defines a new bar for clinically-focused display solutions.”
Accuracy in color and grayscale
“To maximize the diagnostic value of color breast images, we developed new technologies to calibrate and maintain the consistency of these color images” adds Lynda Domogalla, “and we are leading in the definition of a Color Standard Display Function (CSDF) to ensure the accuracy and consistency of color images on diagnostic displays.”
Differences in the visual appearance of different image types posed additional challenges, which Barco tackled by introducing proprietary technologies to automatically set the proper color and grayscale settings for every image modality – even when viewing them simultaneously on the screen.
Fluent moving and 3D images
Barco also found a way to counteract motion blur when reviewing multi-frame image sequences such as digital breast tomosynthesis, breast ultrasound and breast MRI. Thanks to RapidFrameTM technology – which provides a high pixel refresh rate – Coronis Uniti enables radiologists to accurately visualize moving and changing images, avoiding loss of detail when scrolling through the 3D stack and ensuring efficient diagnosis as well as swift workflow.
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops networked visualization products for the Entertainment, Enterprise and Healthcare markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and APAC. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with 3,300 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.051 billion euro in 2014.
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(1)The Royal College of Radiologists: Guidance on screening and symptomatic breast imaging, Third edition
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