Philips adds EDDA Technology's chest analysis software to radiography
8 May 2006
Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG) has entered into a strategic
partnership with EDDA Technology to provide advanced digital radiography
solutions to assist in the detection of lung lesions. Philips has licensed
EDDA Technology's IQQA-Chest software, which is designed to help clinicians
identify, quantify, evaluate and report pulmonary nodules. The innovative
software will be available as part of the Philips digital radiography
portfolio, providing an integrated hardware and software solution. The
partnership was announced at the US Society for Computer Applications in
Radiology's (SCAR) annual meeting in April.
By bridging the gap between the clinician's interpretation based upon
patient-specific knowledge and computer analysis of the information captured
by the X-ray, IQQA-Chest helps clinicians increase their performance while
improving the efficiency for the analysis of each image. In clinical
environments, the solution has been shown to increase the discovery rates of
small nodules up to over 85% in comparison to detection without IQQA
assistance, which varies between 35 and 65%. The first real-time interactive
diagnostic analysis system, IQQA-Chest integrates advanced computer analysis
technology into the clinicians' diagnostic process.
"Early diagnosis of diseases such as lung cancer can dramatically improve
the clinical outcome for patients," commented Dr. Peter Reimer, global
marketing director General X-Ray, Philips Medical Systems. "Through our
partnership with EDDA Technology we're providing clinicians with a new set
of tools to aid in their detection of lung lesions at an early stage.
IQQA-Chest complements our extensive radiography product portfolio and will
ultimately lead to greater diagnostic confidence, resulting in better
quality of care for patients."
"Our partnership with Philips reflects the increasingly important role
that advanced computer assistance plays in the diagnosis of potentially
life- threatening diseases," said Dr. Jian-Zhong Qian, president and CEO of
EDDA Technology. "By combining IQQA-Chest with the broad Philips digital
radiography portfolio clinicians can benefit from a powerful diagnostic
solution across a wide range of equipment types. We are pleased about the
strategic alliance with Philips and look forward to working closely together
in future developments of our innovative solution."
IQQA-Chest will be available in combination with the entire Philips
digital radiography portfolio, including DigitalDiagnost, the company's
state-of-the-art solution for direct digital radiography. The product will
initially be available in the United States and China where the product has
received regulatory clearance, and will become available in additional
countries from 2007.