Contrast-Enhanced Digital Mammography
Contrast-enhanced digital mammography (CEDM) uses a dual-energy technique performed after the IV administration of iodinated contrast agent to identify abnormalities on the basis of angiogenesis, as well as morphologic features and density.
The physiologic information provided by CEDM is similar to that provided by breast MRI, without the added time or expense of conventional breast MRI protocols. The combination of morphologic and physiologic information provided by CEDM has been shown to provide superior sensitivity and specificity in diagnosing breast cancer when compared with digital mammography alone .
For many, the word mammogram is associated with anxiety and fear of a painful exam. Pain associated with mammography screenings results from compression of the breast, which is required to obtain high-quality mammograms at low radiation doses.
Comfort Comp leverages the phenomenon of hysteresis in which soft tissues, such as breast tissue, maintain their position for a period of time before returning to their neutral position. Mammography using Comfort Comp requires that normal breast compression be applied initially to ensure proper breast positioning and to take full advantage of the hysteresis principle. Comfort Comp triggers an automatic reduction in the amount of compression force after normal breast compression is completed and prior to exposure. Once completed, automatic decompression is activated, shortening the time that the breast is under maximum pressure with minimal changes to breast thickness or image quality.
Read the full white paper on Comfort Comp to learn how the feature is designed to augment patient comfort through decreased compression without compromising image quality or workflow.
View the Comfort Comp White Paper
Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT)
Radiologists using ASPIRE Cristalle with DBT will realize valuable, enhanced clinical efficacy compared to using full field digital mammography (FFDM) alone.
- DBT acquires a series of low-dose images at different angles. The acquired images are reconstructed into a series of high-resolution slices displayed individually or dynamically in a cine mode.
- The reconstructed tomographic images make it easier to identify lesions which might otherwise be difficult to visualize in traditional 2D mammogram images because of the presence of overlapping breast structures.
- Superior diagnostic accuracy and superior (lower) recall rates for non-cancer cases are possible with ASPIRE Cristalle’s DBT technology.
Hexagonal Close Pattern (HCP) Direct Conversion Technology
- 50-micron image display
- Reduced acquisition time — only 15 seconds
- Hexagonal pixels distribute the electrical field more efficiently than traditional square pixels, to capture stronger signals with less noise
- Resulting images have high DQE and MTF, producing brilliant image quality
- Offers exceptionally sharp images, even at low dose
iAEC plus ISC: Optimized x-ray dose and contrast for each breast type
Fujifilm’s proprietary technology makes it possible to lower dose while offering optimized contrast, even in dense breasts and implants.
- Intelligent AEC (iAEC) “factors in” breast composition to calculate the optimal dose and exposure techniques for each examination. iAEC enables more accurate calculation of exposure parameters than is possible with conventional AEC systems.
- iAEC can also greatly speed workflow for exams of implanted breasts by automatically calculating the optimal exposure.
- Fujifilm’s Image-based Spectrum Conversion (ISC) technology optimizes contrast in an image, offering the dose advantages of a tungsten target for all exposures and breast types.