BEDFORD, Mass., Sep. 16, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hologic, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOLX), a leading provider of state-of-the-art digital imaging systems directed towards women's health, today acknowledged the results of the Digital Mammography Imaging Screening Trial (DMIST), which have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Detailed information regarding these results can be found in the on-line version of the journal at http://content.nejm.org/.
DMIST was a four-year research study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute to compare digital mammography to conventional screen-film mammography. The primary purpose of the study was to determine whether digital mammography was the equivalent of, or better than conventional screen-film. ACRIN, The American College of Radiology Imaging Network coordinated the study, which consisted of approximately 49,500 participants in both the U.S. and Canada. Digital mammography takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer allowing the recorded data to be magnified, enhanced or manipulated for further evaluation.
The article published today in The New England Journal of Medicine found that in the entire population, the diagnostic accuracy of digital and film mammography was similar, however, the accuracy of digital mammography was significantly higher than that of film mammography among women under the age of 50 years, women with heterogeneously dense or extremely dense breasts on mammography and premenopausal or perimenopausal women.
"We are pleased with the results of the DMIST study and commend the trial's principal investigator, Dr. Etta Pisano and all the clinicians, technologists, statisticians, and support team of ACRIN who dedicated themselves to this significant research study," said Jack W. Cumming, Hologic's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The most promising finding involved a subcategory of women including women under 50, women with dense breasts and premenopausal or perimenopausal women, which represented 65% of the study population, digital mammography had statistically greater diagnostic accuracy than film-based systems. In the U.S., breast cancer mortality is second only to that of lung cancer. For women ages 40-55, it is the leading cause of death. Hologic remains dedicated to increasing awareness of breast cancer, especially the importance of early detection through screening mammography. We believe the DMIST findings will further promote the use of digital mammography and help provide women with more options for high quality breast imaging."
Hologic Inc. is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of medical imaging systems dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of women, and a leading developer of state-of-the-art digital imaging technology for general radiography and mammography applications. Hologic's core business units are focused on osteoporosis assessment, mammography and breast biopsy, direct-to- digital X-ray for general radiography applications and mini C-arm imaging for orthopedic applications. For more information visit http://www.hologic.com/.
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