Monday, January 28, 2013

Ultrasound breast cancer imaging device created at the Karmanos Cancer Institute one step closer to FDA approval

DETROIT, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- SoftVue, the whole breast ultrasound imaging device created by two scientists from the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine, is currently undergoing review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for market clearance. It's anticipated that this first application clearance could come this spring, with several other FDA submissions to follow over the next couple of years. This promising imaging tool has the potential to aid in detecting breast cancer earlier, especially in women with dense breasts.

Peter Littrup, M.D., and Neb Duric, Ph.D., of the Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine, and their team have been working to perfect the SoftVue technology for more than a decade. The Karmanos Cancer Institute spun off a company in 2009 called Delphinus Medical Technologies to help secure funding to bring this device closer to commercialization. Since then, Delphinus has grown to 19 employees, many of whom are engineers, and plans are underway to gradually increase the sales staff once the first FDA market clearance is obtained.

source: MarketWatch

Sunday, January 20, 2013

2013: Year of Ultrasound Declaration

Newswise — 2013: Year of Ultrasound (2013YOU) is a campaign designed to promote the widespread integration of ultrasound throughout the entire spectrum of medical school, allied health, and postgraduate medical education. This campaign is organized by the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME) and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).

Individuals are encouraged to educate colleagues, inspire students, and share their knowledge of ultrasound throughout the year. Ways to support this mission include activities such as mentor a colleague; encourage the addition of ultrasound into a medical school’s curriculum; publish an article focusing on the use of ultrasound to solve a particular problem; encourage sessions dedicated to ultrasound at specialty society meetings; and post stories about the benefits of using ultrasound in the patient exam or screening.

source: Newswire