iCAD, Inc., an industry-leading provider of advanced image analysis and workflow solutions for the early identification of cancer,announced it has signed an agreement with the Defense Supply Center to provide federal healthcare facilities including Veteran’s Administration (VA) and Department of Defense Hospitals with its Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) technology for mammography. There are over 400 federal medical treatment facilities worldwide that will now have access to CAD solutions for their mammography systems. CAD technology uses advanced algorithms to evaluate various aspects of the image data, assisting radiologists in detecting cancer by providing a visual indication of suspicious areas.
The Veterans Administration reported there were 1.8 million women veterans as of September 2009. The recent influx of women into the military has resulted in the formation of the Women’s Comprehensive Healthcare Implementation Plan (W-CHIP) which has a goal of providing comprehensive primary healthcare for every woman veteran.
"iCAD is pleased to be able to offer advanced computer-aided detection technology, a potentially life-saving tool, to U.S. military veterans," said Ken Ferry, President and CEO of iCAD. "We hope that by adding CAD, the VA and Department of Defense Hospitals will be able to identify breast cancer at an earlier stage among the women who have served or who are currently serving in our armed forces."
The American Cancer Society outlines recommendations for the early detection of breast cancer. Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.