Routine breast cancer screening is the most effective method for detecting breast cancer in its early stages. Improvements to breast screening have resulted in earlier detection and increasingly personalized approaches to care leading to improved patient management and treatment.
Densitas develops digital mammography products addressing the clinical and administrative requirements of hospitals and radiology clinics.
We develop data-driven solutions for clinical decision making, leveraging our extensive expertise in the data sciences, encompassing the fields of health informatics, medical imaging, biostatistics, epidemiology and embedded algorithms in the diagnostic imaging space.
The Densitas team has deep knowledge in digital imaging, data analytics, medical/health informatics and clinical research, and applies this expertise to identify the signal in the immense volume and variety of data perpetually generated in the digital mammography enterprise.
Several key aspects of the breast cancer screening and digital mammography processes guide our focus:
Breast density assessment: Radiologists routinely assess breast density during their review of mammography exams, which may impact on how patients are managed. This evaluation of breast density is based on the radiologist’s visual assessment and is subject to a number of problems, the most important being the lack of standardization. Additionally, assessments are not reliably reproducible and are imprecise, time consuming, error-prone, and distracting to evaluate during the breast screening process
Reporting guidelines: Breast density is an important component of breast imaging reporting
Quality standards: Breast density, X-ray dose exposure and factors related to image acquisition play central roles in quality of patient care
Clinical workflow guidelines: Breast density considered in combination with other risk factors guide determination of personalized follow-up breast screening protocols and follow-on imaging
The information needed to make better density assessments and improved follow-up screening protocols is readily available in the digital images routinely acquired during the breast screening process. The key is to identify and extract the salient information and present it concisely to radiologists seamlessly in their clinical workflow.
Radiologists, breast screening program managers, mammography technologists and physicists we have spoken with all agree on the need to develop a comprehensive solution for the mammography enterprise.
Our goal is to provide tools that aid in improving the processes and quality of breast screening and breast imaging to strengthen compliance with strict clinical guidelines and legislation, and to ultimately deliver personalized care for women, with appropriate use of healthcare resources.