Buyer's Guide Update: CAD gives rads a hand

Dear Buyer's Guide Update Member,

This edition of Buyer's Guide Update examines software for computer-aided detection (CAD) and reading.

It's a hot area, as radiologists look for help in dealing with massive -- and growing -- volumes of imaging data. Once confined primarily to mammography screening, CAD is increasingly being used for breast MRI, virtual colonoscopy, and chest studies with both CT and digital x-ray.

CAD is also shedding its reliance on standalone workstations and is finding its way into 3D and PACS software packages. Much as 3D has done, CAD is shifting into a client/server-based model that gives clinicians throughout the healthcare enterprise access to its digital advice.

CAD proponents also appear to have fended off -- at least for now -- the threat to reimbursement that developed last year, when several private payors threatened to eliminate CAD payments following the publication of a negative study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Users of breast MRI CAD have been reporting difficulties in getting paid, however.

Looking for more information about CAD products and services? Check out the Buyer's Guide categories highlighted in this edition:

You can also click on any of the links below for more information about individual CAD products and services. If you're a vendor and would like to update your Buyer's Guide listings, just send an e-mail to [email protected] to get started.

Coming up in September, we'll be examining the market for CT products and services.

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