The Food and Drug Administration gave the green light to a computer-aided detection system for the diagnosis of early lung cancer. The ImageChecker software system, used in conjunction with computed tomography chest scans, offers the radiologist a "second pair of eyes." It is manufactured by R2 Technology, Sunnyvale, Calif. The FDA approved the product based on a clinical study involving 15 radiologists who independently reviewed 90 cases from lung CT scans with and without the ImageChecker system. The physicians identified more potentially cancerous lung nodules using the ImageChecker system, the FDA said. The product will be commercially available later this quarter, an R2 spokesman said. The company has not disclosed a list price. R2 was the first company to win FDA approval for a computer-aided system for the detection of breast cancer in 1998. -- by Cinda Becker
FDA OKs software system for detecting lung cancer
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