-- Volpara Solutions is the only company with a dose measurement tool specifically for breast imaging
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the breast imaging solutions market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Volpara Solutions with the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation Leadership. Volpara Solutions offers an innovative range of volumetric breast imaging solutions for the early detection of breast cancer. Over the past few years, the company has steadily introduced several new solutions and has expanded its global reach to cover the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Volpara's suite of quantitative solutions includes VolparaDose, VolparaDensity, VolparaAnalytics and VolparaResearch. The Density and Dose solutions are patient-specific, while the Analytics and Research solutions are clinic-wide monitoring tools.
VolparaDensity automatically generates an objective measurement of volumetric breast density and a FDA-cleared BI-RADS breast density category, while VolparaDose helps keep track of patient-specific dose exposure. VolparaAnalytics assists in quality assurance by monitoring critical elements of the breast imaging process and generating key metrics to help understand the performance of technologists, readers, and mammography and tomosynthesis machines. VolparaResearch is aimed at research facilities that are looking to analyze large datasets of breast measurement information captured across time.
"Frost & Sullivan lauds Volpara Solutions for continuous leadership in technology innovation, thoughtfulness in identifying the unmet need for dose tracking in breast imaging, and a clear vision for what analytics can achieve in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Furthermore, all of the applications are built to serve across both full-field digital mammography and digital tomosynthesis systems, and with multi-vendor compatibility and reproducible data," said Frost & Sullivan Research Director, Advanced Medical Technologies Group, Siddharth Saha. "This is of high relevance in the industry, as tomosynthesis is quickly gaining currency, with 30 percent of the members of the Society of Breast Imaging in the U.S. already using it."
VolparaDose, along with VolparaAnalytics, gives radiologists patient-specific quantitative data to help minimize dose in mammography and tomosynthesis while maintaining image quality. While several market participants offer breast density measurement tools, Frost & Sullivan confirms that Volpara Solutions is the only company with a dose measurement tool specifically for breast imaging. It is necessary to measure volumetric breast density to control the dose, and Volpara Solutions has emerged as a pioneer in leveraging the Mega Trend of Dose Reduction by acknowledging patient-specific dose tracking and reporting as a white-space opportunity.
Furthermore, by enabling radiologists to track density and dose scores across time, Volpara Solutions helps support the movement toward the personalization of breast screening. Women with lower density have a lower risk of breast cancer, and researchers are looking at incorporating breast density into risk models that may support personalized screening protocols, which can include the best adjuvant imaging options for that woman (including breast tomosynthesis, automated whole breast ultrasound, molecular breast imaging, and breast MRI) as well as the frequency of screening.
"We are very proud to be recognized for the innovative solutions we have brought to the breast imaging market and for our vision and commitment to address unmet needs in the detection, prevention and treatment of breast cancer," noted Ralph Highnam, Ph.D., Volpara Solutions' CEO and chief scientist. "By allowing researchers across the globe to compare data to detect geographical, racial and age-related trends, we hope to take breast cancer research to the next level, which could lead to the development of predictive analytical models that will revolutionize early detection of breast cancer and save lives."
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated uniqueness in developing and leveraging new technologies, which significantly impacts both the functionality and the customer value of the new products and applications. The award lauds the high R&D spend toward innovation, its relevance to the industry and the positive impact on brand perception.
Frost & Sullivan's Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for outstanding achievement in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research.
About Volpara Solutions
Founded to enable radiologists to give women the most accurate information possible regarding their breast health, Volpara Solutions is the wholly owned sales and marketing arm of Matakina Technology Limited of New Zealand. Matakina's founders and Board of Directors include John Hood, Ph.D., former Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford, UK; Ralph Highnam, Ph.D., former CEO of Mirada Solutions, one of the University of Oxford's most successful spin-outs of recent times, and co-author of the seminal book Mammographic Image Analysis; and Professor Sir Michael Brady, a serial entrepreneur who recently retired from the University of Oxford, where he was Professor of Information Technology for 25 years.
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