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Delphinus transforms dense breast cancer care

Mar 05, 2018
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It is widely known that mammography is not sufficient to detect cancer in women with dense breasts, a risk factor that increases cancer incidence four to six times. While mammography remains the primary imaging modality for breast cancer screening, the need for a better imaging approach is critical to address this large underserved population.

Delphinus Medical Technologies Inc. President and CEO Mark J. Forchette

Seventy percent of Asian women have dense breasts and studies show that mammography alone is not an adequate primary detection method for these women because dense breast tissue can mimic or hide cancer on a mammogram.

Hand-held ultrasound has the potential to identify more cancers but is cumbersome and inconsistent, resulting in frequent false positives. Early automated breast ultrasound systems are operator dependent and provide fragmented, sectional scanning, offering only b-mode imaging, a decades-old technology.

Delphinus Medical Technologies, Inc. has taken on the challenge to transform care for women with dense breasts around the world. SoftVue™ 3-D whole breast ultrasound is a breakthrough solution working to address the most difficult-to-detect dense breast patient population, bringing efficiencies to clinical workflow, while creating a superior imaging experience for women.

SoftVue incorporates the ­ first-ever circular transducer, imaging the entire breast volume in one scan, moving from nipple to chest wall, using no compression or radiation. SoftVue’s TriAD™ technology gathers reflection echoes for tissue structure and captures signals transmitted through the breast for tissue characteristics. This unrivaled design and revolutionary imaging technique delivers unprecedented clarity in dense breast imaging, for a gentle, calming imaging experience appreciated by women.

Given the sizable global market, supported by breast density legislation in the United States, a growing worldwide awareness of cancer risk in dense tissue and mammography’s deficiencies, Delphinus is changing clinical thought and practice of early cancer detection for women with dense breasts.

Making a difference with local influence

Mar 05, 2018
Credit : GMI Post

Since establishing its U.S. headquarters in Livonia, Michigan in June 2016, JTL America, a Japanese mechanical testing and analytical service company, determined that mergers and acquisitions were its best ways toward sustainable growth.

JTL America President Kazumasa Nohara

The company, known previously as A-kit America when it set up shop in the country, brought its new evaluation technologies and high-quality data analysis to primarily serve the automotive industry in Michigan, the traditional car capital of the United States.

Around six months after opening in the United States, it acquired Knight Mechanical Testing (KMT) in Indiana, which allowed them to diversify into the orthopedic and medical product sectors. The resulting merger in December 2017 was JTL America.

President Kazumasa Nohara believes that JTL America’s localization strategy will provide clients with better services because it is able to combine the best practices of its American and Japanese culture and experiences.

“While customer satisfaction is signi­ficant for them, our fast decision making helps our customers move faster, too,” he said.

This quick decision-making process has also resulted in investment in new services: ATOS (3-D scanner), X-ray CT and vibration tests.

“Activities that bring together Japanese and American companies are important for our globalization,” said Nohara, who is always on the lookout for new business in the United States.

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 was prepared for and originally printed in GMI Post Newspaper.

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