Educational awareness
forum to feature leading experts in discussions on risk adaptive tools and
pragmatic solutions to enhance patient care during COVID-19 pandemic

Event kicks off series of
informational webinars featuring breast cancer thought leaders sharing best
practices using leading-edge technologies in cancer detection and treatment


. (NASDAQ: ICAD), a global medical
technology leader providing innovative cancer detection and therapy solutions,
today announced that it has partnered with the TME Breast Care
Network to host a free virtual roundtable event for clinicians,
titled “Breast Care Roundtable in the Age of COVID-19,” on April 21, 2020 at 7
pm ET/4 pm PT. To register for the event, visit
this link:


“Our goal with this collective effort and series of events is
to provide an
 educational awareness forum for clinicians to share
insights and best practices on enhancing patient care during the COVID-19
pandemic and beyond,” according
to Michael Klein, Chairman and CEO of iCAD. “Clinicians are in
search of practical solutions to emerging challenges COVID-19 has introduced.
We want to provide a platform for those discussions to help breast care
providers on the front lines come together to identify new best practices and
standards of care during this unprecedented time.”


in 2011, the TME (Targeted Medical Education) Breast Care Network is comprised
of nationally recognized clinical thought leaders in the breast cancer risk,
detection, genetics and precision treatment space. The network provides
physician education, registry research, and advisory services with the ultimate
goal of improving the quality and access to advanced breast care.


“The novel coronavirus pandemic has markedly changed clinical
practice as far as breast cancer screening goes,” according to Peter Beitsch,
MD, FACS, Director, Dallas Breast Center, Managing Partner, TME, Past President
of the American Society of Breast Surgery (ASBS). “Although diagnostic
mammograms may still be taking place for women who have symptoms indicative of
cancers, regular screenings are increasingly being delayed for many
asymptomatic women in order to allow hospitals and doctors to focus on patients
with COVID-19. In general, any delay in diagnosis and treatment could have a
negative effect on patients’ overall survival and prognosis.”

Peter Beitsch, MD


Almost 40 million women are screened for breast cancer each year
in the U.S., which is an average of 3.3 million women per month.
1 In order to allow clinicians to focus on critical COVID-19 cases,
several organizations, including the American Cancer Society and the American
College of Radiology, are recommending low-risk women delay screening
mammograms until the pandemic has passed.


“Inevitably, this guidance to delay screening will lead to a
backlog at some point. This is unprecedented. Many radiology practices and
imaging centers are able to accommodate higher volumes of patients for busier
times of the year, but the longer that screening is not being performed, the
more they will have to make up for in the coming months,” according to
Whitworth Jr., MD, FACS, Director, Nashville Breast Center, Managing Partner,
Past Chairman, ASBS.


is not a normal year,” agreed Walton Taylor, MD, Texas Health Physicians Group,
Past President, ASBS. “Now is our chance to determine which women need to be
prioritized for the limited appointments that are available at imaging centers
and hospitals. It is critical for clinicians to determine which women need to
be screened more urgently. Technology such as ProFound AI can help doctors
decide which patients should still get mammograms within this finite amount of
time, and this technology could also help clinicians more efficiently manage
the surge of patients who will need to be screened once COVID-19 passes.
Appropriate screening during this period of limited resources can really make a
difference and save lives.”


ProFound AI, which aids in
the detection of breast cancer in 3D mammography, or digital breast
tomosynthesis (DBT), became the first software of its kind to be FDA-cleared in
December 2018. Following its launch,
has placed more than 500 installations in a growing number of leading
institutions worldwide. Trained with one of the largest available DBT datasets,
the technology rapidly and accurately analyzes each DBT image, or slice, and provides
radiologists with key information, such as Certainty of Finding lesion and Case
Scores, which assists in clinical decision-making and improving reading
efficiency. F
eaturing the
latest in deep-learning artificial intelligence, ProFound AI offers a trifecta
of clinically proven benefits for physicians and patients, including an 8
percent improvement in sensitivity, a 7 percent improvement in specificity, and
a 52.7 percent reduction in reading time for radiologists.


“This pandemic may change the way clinicians approach screening,
as it is increasingly encouraging radiologists to adapt to a more targeted,
risk-adapted screening methodology. The medical community is in desperate need
of technology such as iCAD’s ProFound AI, which may help clinicians sort out
which women would benefit the most from more urgent screening,” Dr. Beitsch


the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting in 2019, iCAD
introduced ProFound AI Powered by Panorama, an initiative that will enable
clinicians to consider patients’ prior images* and prospective breast cancer
risk assessment* over time.


Panoramic vision goes beyond detection. It
is a more holistic clinical approach to breast
cancer screening that will allow physicians to consider patients’ past and
present images along with other, more personalized, risk factors,” added Mr.
Klein. “
Last year we entered into an exclusive
relationship with researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm,
Sweden, one of the world’s foremost medical research universities, to develop
an AI-based solution that will identify a women’s individual risk of developing
breast cancer. Their research involved more than 70,000 women over eight years
, offering critical information that will provide clinicians with
a broader view of each individual patient’s case, history, and short-term risk


is also accelerating advanced techniques in breast cancer treatment that are
beneficial for patients and the healthcare system as a whole,” according to
Barry Rosen, MD, FACS, Chief of Breast Surgery, Advocate
Healthcare and Managing Partner, TME.
“Even though we are
currently in the midst of a crisis, the coronavirus pandemic is paving the way
for more breast cancer surgeons to opt for abbreviated cancer therapies, such
as intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), as a way to streamline treatment
for patients and allow them to avoid making frequent trips to the hospital.”


IORT with the Xoft® Axxent® Electronic Brachytherapy (eBx®)
System® is a single-fraction therapy option that allows patients who are
candidates to replace weeks of daily radiation with one treatment, delivered at
the time of surgery. Because this targeted treatment offers a full course of
radiation in just one day, it could significantly reduce the healthcare system
resources needed and minimize patients’ risk of COVID-19 exposure.


technology – including ProFound AI and the Xoft System – is now more relevant
than ever,” added Mr. Klein. “iCAD’s technology offers practical solutions for
clinicians that may help to address emerging challenges introduced during these
extraordinary times.”


The virtual roundtable event will also
kick off a series of webinars hosted by iCAD, featuring leading experts in
breast cancer detection and treatment, who will discuss various aspects of
breast cancer care in more detail, including risk adaptive tools and other
pragmatic solutions that are relevant in the era of COVID-19. To view the
schedule and register for one of these upcoming free events, visit


“Doctors are hungry right now for
information that can help them deliver the best care possible to their patients
in this new environment,” added Dr. Whitworth. “We are all adapting and
learning as we navigate these unchartered waters, and any event that brings
clinicians together to share how they are solving these problems will be
incredibly beneficial to both patients and the medical community as a whole.”


* Not yet
commercially available



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    Food and Drug Administration. MQSA National Statistics. Accessed via
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