Volpara Solutions has announced the installation of VolparaDensity in Belgium, making it the 31st country to receive the volumetric breast density and quantitative breast imaging tools. New installations were also recently completed in Canada, Turkey, Korea, Japan and the United Kingdom.
According to the company, more than 4-million women have had their breast density analyzed using VolparaDensity.
“We’ve been using Volpara at our imaging clinic for the past nine months, and we have full confidence in Volpara’s automated, volumetric density assessments of our patients’ mammograms,” said Francis Cuigniez, MD, of Ghent, Belgium. “My staff has been very pleased with Volpara’s ease of installation and simplicity of operation. Additionally, Volpara has been integrated with our RIS to automatically include breast density scores into the results report that is shared with patients and their referring physicians.”
Cuigniez, who participates in the official screening program organized by the Flemish Health System offering free mammograms on a biennial basis, said he and his staff counsel patients whose breast density scores fall within the ACR breast density categories of C and D about their increased risk of breast cancer. They also recommend they talk with their doctors about the possible need for additional imaging, such as ultrasound, he said.
“In the future, I believe it’s conceivable that adjunctive ultrasound reimbursement will only be approved for patients who have very dense breasts,” Cuigniez continued. “Having Volpara installed helps us to establish future billing profiles and justifications for additional imaging procedures.”
VolparaDensity helps radiologists objectively assess density from both digital mammography and tomosynthesis images to aid doctors in evaluating who might benefit from additional screening. Highly correlated to breast MR assessments, VolparaDensity automatically generates an objective measurement of volumetric breast density correlated to the American College of Radiology breast composition categories.
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