Message From Our Chairman
On the research front, we continue with the momentum of publications started in 2010. The American Journal of Roetgenology published original research from two separate studies demonstrating the continued clinical acceptance of our system. The first study concluded that breast radiologists can achieve a high level of diagnostic performance in interpreting PEM images after a 2‐hour tutorial. Proficiency in Breast MR can take months and usually requires a separate mini-fellowship. The second study established a standard lexicon for the evaluation of PEM images making it simple to share a diagnosis with standardized terminology. Progress continues with our Academic Research partners in reducing dose and experimenting with new tracers. In future editions of this newsletter we will be providing an early look at those results.
Spring's arrival in San Diego coincides with some exciting news here at Naviscan. We are thrilled to have added the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to our installed base, as well as to have shipped our first system to Saudi Arabia (destined for installation at King Fahad Hospital in Jeddah). Additionally, Naviscan received ISO 13485 Quality Management System Certification, a necessary step in the process of obtaining CE Marking for shipments to Europe later this spring after a very successful launch and product introduction at the European Congress of Radiology in early March. For U.S. customers considering ways to differentiate their practice, GE Healthcare Financial Services and Sumerset Capital are now both providing attractive rate and terms on operating leases to make Naviscan’s high-resolution breast PET system more affordable for sites concerned about start-up costs.
Naviscan is more committed than ever to responding to our customers' needs. Please do not hesitate to
with any specific requests or suggestions.
Chairman & CEO
Applied Radiology Webinar on PEM: April 29, 2011 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
Join Applied Radiology for a one-hour interactive webinar entitled: Clinical Applications of Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) with Dr. Wendie Berg. Following the presentation, Applied Radiology's Executive Editor, Cristen Bolan, will moderate a 30-45 minute discussion during which time participants will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Berg questions. Click here to register. This webinar will be archived on the Applied Radiology site here for the rest of the year.
Recently Published Peer-Reviewed Articles
Results from two prospective and one retrospective study has been published in the American Journal of Roentgenology and The Breast Journal in April and February 2011 respectively:
- Narayanan D, Madsen KS, Kalinyak JE, Berg WA. Interpretation of Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) and MRI by Experienced Breast Imaging Radiologists: Performance and Observer Reproducibility. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Apr:196(4):971-981
- Narayanan D, Madsen KS, Kalinyak JE, Berg WA. Feature Analysis and Rates of Malitnancy. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Apr:196(4):956-970
- Kalinyak JE, Schilling K, Berg WA, Narayanan D, Mayberry JP, Rai R, DuPree EB, Shusterman DC, Gittleman MA, Luo W, Matthews CG. PET guided breast biopsy. Breast J. 2011 Jan 31.
European Launch of PEM
Naviscan was proud to launch PEM in Europe while exhibiting for the first time at the 2011 European Congress of Radiology. Demand for PEM is strong in Europe and we have assigned distributors in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Turkey, Spain, Russia and Poland.
Promoting Your PEM Program Through Local Media
The NBC affiliate in Columbus, OH recently covered the story of a patient at Riverside Methodist Hospital who was able to undergo a lumpectomy instead of mastectomy after PEM accurately showed a smaller extent of disease given its higher specificity. If you are interested in contacting local media to promote your own PEM program, a Regional Media Kit is available to market your services. Please contact
for further information.
Join Naviscan at the American Society of Breast Surgeon Annual Meeting
Please join us for a variety of activities at the ASBS 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC including a PEM-guided biopsy workshop, a breakfast workshop featuring Dr. Maxine Jochelson from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. Lorraine Tafra from Anne Arundel Medical Center. Also stop by our booth to meet a PEM expert, Dr. Mark Gittleman from Advanced Breast Care Imaging during the opening reception on Thursday, April 28 or Dr. Peter Beitsch from Dallas Breast Center during lunch on Friday, April 29.
Submit a PEM Case to Diagnostic Imaging Case Study Series
Widely known as the easiest way to get published, Diagnostic Imaging's Case Study Series has expressed an interest in acquiring PEM cases. The process is simple:
jpg or png images, a short write-up of the history, findings and diagnosis along with any discussion you care to add.
Continuing with the momentum in the area of academic research related to PEM, there are four accepted upcoming podium and poster presentations this spring:
- Dr. Lawrence MacDonald from the University of Washington will be presenting on low dose PEM scanning at both the SNM/NIH Breast Cancer Imaging: State of the Art 2011, in Bethesda, MD and the Society of Nuclear Medicine Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX.
- Dr. Wei Yang from the MD Anderson Cancer Center will be presenting on functional evaluation of response to targeted therapy with PEM at the American Roentgen Ray Society Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL
- Dr. Amy Argus from the University of Cincinnati will present results from a PEM-guided biopsy study also at the American Roentgen Ray Society Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL
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