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SPIE President-Elect Maryellen Giger advises in development of computer-aided cancer diagnosis technology

Industry-first system incorporates machine learning for the evaluation of breast abnormalities.

28 July 2017

Maryellen Giger

Maryellen Giger

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA, and CARDIFF, UK — Quantitative Insights, Inc. (QI) has received regulatory clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its QuantXTM Advanced system, a computer-aided diagnosis platform incorporating machine learning for the evaluation of breast abnormalities. This ground-breaking system harnesses innovative research and advanced imaging solutions to create an intuitive computer-aided diagnosis (CADx) workstation.

An industry first, QuantXTM incorporates licensed technology from the research labs of SPIE President-Elect Maryellen Giger, who acts as scientific advisor for the company. Giger is also a professor and Vice-Chair of Radiology for Basic Science Research at The University of Chicago. Giger, an expert in cancer research, has been conducting research on computer-aided diagnosis and quantitative image analysis in the areas of breast cancer, lung cancer, and bone diseases for more than 25 years.

"Quantitative Insights has demonstrated that they can successfully take meaningful clinical innovations from research labs and clinics, develop them into products, take them through the regulatory process, and to the market," says Giger, who will serve as President of SPIE in 2018.

QI has a long-standing collaborative relationship with the University of Chicago and is supported by the university's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

In the FDA clinical study, QuantXTM was shown to improve the diagnostic performance of radiologists by enabling faster and more accurate diagnosis, more personalized treatments, and better outcomes for patients.

"With a single click, we have access to advanced machine learning analytics showing how the abnormality being analyzed compares to similar abnormalities with known pathology," says Gillian Newstead, QI Medical Advisor and former Chief of Breast Imaging at the University of Chicago. "This impacts a radiologist's confidence and improves reading time, and now we have clinical-study proof that it also significantly improves diagnostic performance.

Read the full press release from Quantitative Insights, Inc.

Also see the SPIE press release: Maryellen Giger elected to SPIE presidential chain.

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