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Fujifilm-Batra Hospital ink pact to use digital mammography machine to detect breast cancer

Briefing media  about the 3-D digital mammography machine that has been installed at Batra Hospital, YasunokuNishoyama, Managing Director of Fujifilm India, said, “At Fujifilm, we are continuously innovating and creating new technologies, products and services, and this mammography machine, which is called Amulet Innovality, is one such product, which will help in the detection of cancer.”Fujifilm-Batra-Hospital

Dr.PavanGurha, Chief Anesthesiologist at the Batra Hospital and Medical Research, said that the hospital previously used to apply the analog technique for the treatment of breast and other forms of cancer, and added that the installation of Fujifilm’s digital mammography machine was a definite and very welcome addition to the hospital, which has always been at the forefront of advancing medical techniques and assistance.

He also said that Amulet Innovality was an examination and people should not confuse it with the idea that they were being treated for breast cancer. A Fujifilm executive said that the machine costs Rs.2 crore.

Dr. G.P. Vashist, Radiologist and Ultrasonologist at Batra Hospital and Medical Research, said that the new machine helps to advance the way doctors would treat breast cancer or any other form of cancer, and agreed with Dr.Gurha that early detection is even more imperative in the present day than ever before.

Both were of the view that the frequency of breast cancer was more in urban than in rural areas of India, owing to the differing lifestyle norms followed. In other words, their advice was for urbanites to change their habits while they still could.

Data from the National Cancer Registry programme shows that females in their 30s and 40s are the most prone to this disease, and that one out of every two women in India so diagnosed, face the prospect of death.

According to a Fujifilm press release, Amulet Innovality 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 and simplify the detection of lesions that may have been overlooked during a routine mammography investigation. This would reduce the need for additional and uncalled for tests and biopsies.

A.L. Batra, President of Batra Hospital and Medical research Centre, and Nishiyama, Managing Director of Fujifilm India, have agreed sign a Memorandum of Understanding for making Batra Hospital, a centre of excellence for showcasing the latest Fujifilm technologies and training for doctors, healthcare workers and medical students.

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