Hologic Gets FDA Nod for 3-D Mammography

2/14/11Follow @gthuang

Bedford, MA-based Hologic said on Friday it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its 3-D imaging system for doing breast cancer screening and diagnosis. The company’s X-ray mammography device, called the Selenia Dimensions System, is the first of its kind to provide 3-D images of the breast, according to the FDA. Radiologists in two studies showed a 7 percent improvement in their ability to distinguish between cancerous and non-cancerous cases when they viewed both 3-D and conventional 2-D images, as compared to 2-D images alone. The idea is that Hologic’s 3-D imaging technology can supplement, not replace, conventional breast scanning. The company’s imaging system is already available in more than 40 countries, including Canada and Mexico.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com. Follow @gthuang

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