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Fujifilm submits first PMA module for digital breast tomosynthesis

FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A, a leading provider of diagnostic imaging solutions, has submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the first module of its premarket approval (PMA) application for digital breast tomosynthesis* (DBT), as an optional upgrade for the Aspire Cristalle mammography system.

It is the first module submitted for FDA PMA modular review. Fujifilm plans to file the remaining modules of DBT PMA within the coming year.

The optional DBT upgrade for the Aspire Cristalle system, known as Amulet Innovality outside of the United States, has been available since May 2013 in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

"The rest of the world has embraced the exceptional image quality and gentle dose of Fujifilm’s digital breast tomosynthesis. Fujifilm is now focused on bringing this technology to the U.S. market," said Rob Fabrizio, director of marketing and product development, FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc.

"We are excited to move a step closer in providing another innovative alternative in digital mammography to facilities and their patients."

Aspire Cristalle features Fujifilm’s innovative hexagonal close pattern (HCP) detector pixel design, engineered for higher acquisition efficiency, to enhance detail for improved low dose performance compared to conventional square pixel design.

The result is sharper images with gentler dose to the patient. Additionally, Aspire Cristalle incorporates a patient calming design and Fujifilm’s patented Comfort Paddle which is designed to make the most uncomfortable part of mammograms, more comfortable.

The paddle’s unique soft edges, flexible composition and 4-way pivot contours to the individual shape of the breast to more comfortably apply just the right compression for optimal tissue separation.

According to the National Cancer Institute, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival.

Fujifilm is dedicated to promoting the early detection of breast cancer through advances in digital mammography as well as supplementary screening or diagnostic testing, including breast ultrasound.