computer-aided detection (CAD) technology, which Kodak
acquired from MiraMedica, Los Gatos, California, includes
software that automatically highlights suspicious areas
on patients'' digital medical images or digitised film
images, signalling radiologists to closely examine these
areas for possible disease. MiraMedica is one of the medical
imaging industry''s innovators of CAD technology.
acquired the technology for an undisclosed sum. To support
it, and to accelerate and lead other CAD development at
Kodak, a number of MiraMedica employees will join Kodak''s
Health Imaging Group.
technology which pinpoints suspicious areas on
medical images by analysing the shape, groupings and other
characteristics of abnormalities and determining their
correlation to previously analysed disease characteristics
will add a new dimension to Kodak''s portfolio of
digital medical imaging products. It also will expand
Kodak''s capabilities in ''image intelligence'', a key element
in the company''s strategy for leading the digital information
transformation occurring in the medical imaging field.
intelligence includes advanced medical image processing
techniques like CAD that are changing the way medical
imaging is performed around the world," says Dan
Kerpelman, president, Kodak Health Imaging Group, and
senior vice-president, Eastman Kodak Company. "This
is an important area of focus for Health Imaging, and
this acquisition creates exciting product development
opportunities for our organisation."
the coming months, Kodak will announce product commercialisation
plans resulting from the acquisition. The company will
offer CAD software as a stand-alone product and as a component
of its digital capture and image-and-information management
had made rapid progress in developing CAD software for
mammography screening," says Caren Mason, president
and CEO, MiraMedica. "Combining Kodak''s outstanding
brand, global presence and digital imaging expertise with
MiraMedica''s innovative core technology will accelerate
Kodak''s participation in image intelligence."
already has begun to announce key staff assignments as
part of integrating MiraMedica into Health Imaging. Wido
Menhardt, MiraMedica''s chief technology officer, will
become the general manager of CAD operations, and Mason
has agreed to serve as a business consultant during the
was formed in 2001 with funding from St. Paul Venture
Capital and Windamere Venture Partners. MiraMedica''s CAD
technology is built upon a platform exclusively licensed
from Lockheed Martin Space Systems and the University
of South Florida.