Fujifilm India Pvt Ltd and Sri Ramchandra University Chennai (SRMC) have announced their tie up for the installation of Fujifilm's state-of-the-art Amulet Innovality - a highly advanced breast cancer diagnostic machine that has made early detection of breast cancer a reality. Amulet Innovality provides 50 micron 3-D image quality and advanced tomosynthesis technology that reveals the internal structure of the breast with a precision that enables the detection of those lesions that ordinarily get overlooked in a routine mammography.

Commenting on the occasion, Yasunobu Nishiyama, managing director, Fujifilm India, said, "It is a known fact that late diagnosis results in slimming the chances of survival. It is, therefore, vital for healthcare providers to step up and provide women the best early detection screening facilities that can help save lives. At Fujifilm, we are continuously innovating, creating new technologies, products, and services, and Amulet Innovality is one such product that has made early detection of breast cancer a reality all over the world."

"The installation of the Amulet Innovality at Sri Ramchandra University Chennai is another step for us in line with our commitment to raise awareness and promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer in India. We are grateful to our partner, Sri Ramchandra University, for joining hands with us in this endeavor," added Chander Shekhar Sibal, executive vice president and head of medical division at Fujifilm India.

"We have always endeavored to provide the very best technology at our facility and 3-D digital mammography is another step in that direction. We expect it to be a game changer for early detection of breast cancer in Chennai." said Prof. S. Anandan, dean of the medical college, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai.

Adding further, Prof. P. M. Venkata Sai, head of radiology and imaging sciences and Prof. Bhawna Dev at Sri Ramachandra University said, "We are very happy to be working on this technology that will put our facility on par with any world-class breast imaging facility and will facilitate much more accurate diagnosis in detecting cancerous breast lesions at an early stage."

The installation of the Amulet Innovality at Sri Ramchandra University will give the women of Chennai access to early detection of breast cancer. The system uses advanced tomosynthesis technology to enable the conversion of digital breast images into a 3-D reconstruction of the breast, in contrast to the flat images produced by traditional 2-D digital mammography. Reconstructed tomographic images reveal the internal structure of the breast, simplifying the detection of lesions that may be overlooked in a routine mammography. Amulet Innovality enables diagnosticians to obtain a clearer view of the breast tissue, facilitating identification of early stage breast cancer and reducing the need for additional tests and biopsies.

Modern day digital mammography machine and tomosynthesis pick cancers early and involve only tiny radiation, even less than a standard chest X-ray. In future, it is expected that digital mammography will become more and more common. Most oncologists agree that breast screening mammography should start at the age of 40 and earlier in patients with high risks like genetic predisposition (BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 antigen positive) and those with strong family history.

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The system installed at SRMC Hospital has several features that set it apart from other digital mammography systems: dual-mode tomosynthesis, HCP, ISC; a direct conversion flat panel detector made of amorphous selenium, with 50 micron pixel resolution, and other advanced technological features that guarantee the sharpest images; dual-mode tomosynthesis - standard and high resolution - enables the examination of fine tissue layers and assessment of clusters of calcification; a stereotactic biopsy unit kit with dedicated software enables a precise and efficient biopsy examination with detailed images on high-resolution monitor display; and Amulet Harmony incorporates a range of mammography solutions specifically designed to maintain a harmonious examination environment attuned to every patient's need. This includes a Fit Sweet paddle - a unique paddle designed to allow the pressure to be more evenly distributed across the breast as compared to standard and flexible paddles - mood lighting, and decorative labels.

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