Approcci alla riduzione della dose in Women's Health

Women's Health - Innovazioni in riduzione della dose 

 

Il cancro al seno è il tumore più comune nelle donne in tutto il mondo ed è ancora causa comune di morte e disabilità. Tuttavia, la combinazione di diagnosi precoce trattamenti migliori, ne hanno ridotto le conseguenze negli ultimi anni. La mammografia è una parte importante di questo sviluppo in tutti i paesi.

L'esame mammografico è il gold standard delle procedure di indagine. La mammografia digitale ha migliorato la diagnostica, soprattutto nelle donne più giovani e nelle donne con seno denso. Nella maggior parte dei paesi, sono stati istituiti programmi di screening al fine di sostenere la diagnosi precoce del cancro al seno. Il giusto equilibrio tra basso dosaggio e immagini di alta qualità per la sicurezza diagnostica è della massima importanza.


Full-Field Digital Mammography

A clinical study1 has shown that full-field digital mammography (FFDM) may provide some diagnostic advantages over screen/film mammography for certain population subgroups, such as young women with dense breasts and pre- and perimenopausal women. During a screening, presumed healthy women are examined for breast cancer. In these cases, low dose becomes particularly significant, as mentioned before.

Lower dose is difficult to achieve without lower image quality. The continuous low dose discussion challenged ourselves to rethink technology and do what seemed impossible: develop a mammography machine with considerable dose reduction without compromising on image quality. This is possible with the Mammomat Inspiration PRIME-Technology2.

  

1 Pisano E. et al. Diagnostic Performance of Digital versus Film Mammography for Breast-Cancer Screening. N Engl J Med 2005;353.
2 Mammomat Inspiration PRIME Edition is not commercially available in all countries. Due regulatory reasons its future availability cannot be guaranteed. Please contact your local Siemens organization for further information.
PRIME is an Option and is for a maximum breast thickness of 7 cm under compression.



Dose Reduction Advances with Mammomat Inspiration and Mammomat Fusion1 in FFD Mammography

1. PRIME-Technology2
Progressive Reconstruction, Intelligently Minimizing Exposure The world’s first software based anti-scatter solution for mammography. It could save a considerable amount of dose with uncompromised image quality, compared to grid-based acquisition with the same system3.


2. Tungsten/Rhodium anode/filter combination
Siemens is a pioneer in offering digital mammography with a bimetal X-ray tube with tungsten (W) in addition to the conventional molybdenum (Mo) target. To match the individual breast density and thickness, three anode/filter combinations (Mo/Mo, Mo/Rh, and W/Rh) are offered. Compared to conventional Molybdenum4, it can save up to 50% dose by using Tungsten/Rhodium combination. And, it is especially good at capturing dense breast tissue.


3. Direct-to-digital amorphous Selenium detector:
Mammomat Inspiration provides an amorphous Selenium (aSe) detector – directly converting X-ray energy into an electric charge. Compared to indirect technologies, the absorption rate of aSe is higher in the lowenergy range of mammography. And at the same time the Detective Quantum Efficiency (DQE) is higher, which results in high image quality at a low dose.

 

4. OpComp
Siemens’ intelligent OpComp® function applies compression only as long as the patient’s breast is soft and pliable. For best image quality, it stops at the point of optimal compression. It works in combination with OpDose.
 

5. OpDose
OpDose automatically selects the best anode/filter combination and selects in connection to the automatic exposure control the optimal imaging parameters. Settings can be made for every 10 mm different thickness interval which gives a “personalized” optimal dose for each individual breast characteristics.

 

6. Automatic Exposure Control (AEC)
The adaptive AEC modus reads out the complete area of the detector that is covered by the breast. The system searches the densest part of the breast tissue and selects the lowest possible exposure parameters based on the individual breast size and composition.


7. OpView5
This image processing software is especially designed for digital mammography to produce superior image quality. The algorithms improve image detail and contrast, particularly of dense breasts. The settings can be customized for viewing preferences, providing versatility. In sum, better image quality and easier image reading can help avoiding the need for repeated images.


8. Automated Quality Control5 (AQC) and Siemens Remote Service5 (SRS)

It helps to ensure the quality and security of Mammomat Inspiration, since quality assurance tests including dose settings need to be performed regularly. AQC can perform these tests easily and intuitively. Thanks to Siemens Remote Service’s constant monitoring, deviating parameters are detected before problems occur.

 

9. MaxFill Technology
The new particularly robust detector of Mammomat Fusion1 features trendsetting MaxFill® technology, providing high resolution images to increase your diagnostic confidence at the right dose. Placing several detector elements beneath the photodiode the innovative 2nd generation CsI technology allows a significant increase in the X-ray sensitive area.

 

It is well known that digital radiation detectors that are part of an FFDM system may have different absorption characteristics than a screen-film receptor in an analog mammography system. Therefore, the question arises whether the X-ray spectrum and the beam quality applied in screen-film mammography are also suitable for FFDM systems. In digital mammography, the radiographic technique can be optimized independently of the exposure to the image receptor, thus exploiting the wide dynamic range and the linear characteristic curve of digital detectors. Image quality and patient dose can be optimized at the same time.

 

Learn more:
Mammomat Inspiration PRIME Edition
Mammomat Fusion

 

1 Mammomat Fusion is not commercially available in all countries. Due to regulatory reasons its future availability cannot be guaranteed. Please contact your local Siemens organization for further details.
2 Mammomat Inspiration PRIME Edition is not commercially available in all countries. Due to regulatory reasons its future availability cannot be guaranteed. Please contact your local Siemens organization for further details. PRIME is an option and is for a maximum breast thickness of 7 cm under compression.
3 Whitepaper Fieselman et al. 2013, Physic of Medical Imaging.

4 Uhlenbrock DF, Mertelmeier T. Comparison of Anode/Filter Combinations in Digital Mammography with Respect to the Average Glandular Dose; Vergleich von Anoden-/Filterkombinationen in der digitalen Mammografie in Hinblick auf die mittlere Parenchymdosis Fortschr Röntgenstr 2009; 181: 249-254.



Anode/Filter Combinations in Digital Mammography

Sometimes molybdenum/molybdenum (Mo/Mo) for the examination of smaller breasts and rhodium (Rh) as the filter material for thicker breasts is recommended. Other users switch from molybdenum to rhodium or tungsten (W) as the anode material for thicker breasts, or recommend the general use of rhodium or tungsten as the anode material, in combination with rhodium as the filter material for all breast thicknesses and tissue composition.

 

A specific dose-related study was conducted to compare the average glandular dose (AGD) of Mo/Mo, Mo/Rh and W/Rh in full-field digital mammography based on an amorphous selenium detector with clinical data.1 The main purpose of the study was to determine whether W/Rh can be used to reduce the glandular dose without loss of image quality in all breast thicknesses of the examined population.

 

The average glandular dose corresponding to the images acquired with Mo/Mo was 2.29 ± 1.15 mGy with a mean compressed breast thickness of 46 ± 10 mm. For the Mo/Rh cases with a mean compressed thickness of 64 ± 9 mm, an AGD of 2.76 ± 1.31 mGy was obtained. The W/Rh cases with a mean compressed thickness of 52 ± 13 mm resulted in an AGD of 1.26 ± 0.44 mGy (Figure 1).

 

The image quality of all mammograms in the study was evaluated visually on order to be adequate for the diagnostic task. In a few example cases that were imaged with both X-ray spectra no degradation of the evaluated lesion’s signal-to-noise ratio was found. This MLO image of a 67-year-old patient with a compressed breast thickness of 72 mm had been acquired with an average glandular dose of 3.8 mGy for Mo/Mo and 2.4 mGy for W/Rh (Figure 2).

 

Analysis of 4867 images revealed that the anode/filter combination W/Rh has advantages over Mo/Mo or Mo/Rh in terms of glandular dose, especially in patients with large breasts. Whereas the dose reduction with W/Rh is relatively low for small breasts, the effect increases with breast thickness, particularly above a compression thickness of 50 mm. For the largest compression thickness, W/Rh reduces the patient dose by more than a factor of 2 compared to Mo/Rh.1

 

1 Uhlenbrock DF et al. Comparison of anode/filter combinations in digital mammography with respect to the average glandular dose. Rofo. 2009 Mar;181(3):249-54.

 



A White Paper Gives the Proof

The composition of low-dose efforts make Mammomat Inspiration a low-dose system, and it is even the lowest of comparable systems with advanced FFDM detector technology in its class1.

 

White Paper: Hilde Bosmans, Koen Michielsen, Kim Lemmens, Jurgen Jacobs, 2011.

 

“Mean glandular dose survey of 2D mammograms acquired with the Siemens Mammomat Inspiration system.”

 

In a comprehensive study (January 2009–August 2010) on 10,502 mammograms, Hilde Bosman et al. (Leuven, Belgium) evaluated the mean glandular doses from mammographic examinations performed with ten Mammomat Inspiration digital mammography systems. Dose data from the Siemens systems were compared to data from nine other DR systems of other vendors and to the Diagnostic Reference Level (DRL) derived from Leuven’s regional survey results. The Siemens systems are adjusted to operate at patient dose levels significantly below the achievable levels of the European Guidelines. For breasts 5 cm thick, the doses range between 35–50% of the desirable level. Its mean glandular dose is significantly lower
than film-screen data. Mammomat Inspiration operates with the second-lowest dose data curve of all DR systems, but the lowest in its class of FFDM detector technology. 

1 White Paper: Hilde Bosmans, Koen Michielsen, Kim Lemmens, Jurgen Jacobs, 2011. “Mean glandular dose survey of 2D mammograms acquired with the Siemens Mammomat Inspiration system.”



Mammomat Inspiration now with PRIME-Technology1

What is behind this Progressive Reconstruction, Intelligently Minimizing Exposure? 

This software based anti-scatter solution for mammography could save a considerable amount of dose with uncompromised image quality, compared to grid-based acquisition with the same system.1

Scattered radiation decreases image contrast in mammography, so anti-scatter grids are used in analog film/screen as well as full-field digital mammography (FFDM) to attenuate the scattered radiation and improve image contrast. However, anti-scatter grids also attenuate valuable primary radiation. By removing the mechanical grid, there is no longer a fixed object between the patient and the detector that absorbs radiation. Thereby more primary radiation can be used and dose can be saved.
In order to provide the same image quality the anti-scatter correction can be performed software-based. 

FFDM with PRIME-Technology2, a specially developed software algorithm, the Progressive Reconstruction, replicates the effects of the missing grid. This has the effect that image quality is not compromised while necessary patient dose is clearly reduced.

 

Learn more about Mammomat Inspiration PRIME Edition

 

1 Whitepaper Fieselman et al. 2013, Physic of Medical Imaging.

2PRIME-Technology is not commercially available in all countries. Due to regulatory reasons its future availability cannot be guaranteed. Please contact your local Siemens organization for further details.