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New Software Detects Lung Growths

Helps radiologists reading CT scans

WEDNESDAY, July 14, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved new software designed to help radiologists detect solid lung nodules from computed tomography (CT) scans.

The ImageChecker CT CAD software highlights areas of the image that appear to be solid nodules, which can be cancerous. The software, the first of its kind for use with CT chest exams, is manufactured by R2 Technology Inc., of Sunnyvale, Calif.

In a statement, the FDA said approval was granted based on the review of 15 independent radiologists, who were able to detect significantly more solid lung nodules among 90 CT images analyzed with the software than without it.

To learn more about the ImageChecker product, visit its manufacturer's Web site.

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