Delphinus is sponsoring a large nationwide project collaborating with researchers across the country with the intent of providing a better supplemental breast screening modality to physicians and the women they serve, particularly women with dense breast tissue. SoftVue™ is an unparalleled 3-D whole breast ultrasound system that uses a circular transducer and proprietary algorithms to generate reflection, speed of sound, and attenuation imaging, presenting not only breast tissue structure, but tissue characterization as well.
This month we reached an amazing milestone with our revolutionary SoftVue™ system, establishing a training program for SoftVue™ researchers. We established partnerships with physicians and researchers at eight medical facilities across the country to lead a prospective case collection (PCC), a large clinical research program in support of regulatory approval of SoftVue™ for supplemental screening for women with dense breasts, with the goal of enrolling and imaging 10,000 female volunteers.
On May 20th, we brought together the physician principal investigators (PI’s) of the PCC for the first time for in-depth instruction on the interpretation of SoftVue™ imaging, led by the national principal investigator, Mary Yamashita, MD. Dr. Yamashita is Associate Professor of Radiology at the Keck School of Medicine and Norris Cancer Center and Hospital, University of Southern California. She maintains primary responsibility as the lead for this research initiative and presided over the training as chief faculty member.
During the training event, Dr. Yamashita trained the participating PI’s on SoftVue™ image presentation and interpretation in preparation for the launch of the PPC, with hands-on use of the imaging software, reviewing a training library of SoftVue studies and companion cases of mammography and breast ultrasound. The PI’s noted there are distinct benefits of our imaging technology in comparison to other imaging modalities, and they adapted quickly to the image review and software presentation and tool set.
In addition to the instruction for PI’s, the research coordinators and technologists at the eight sites were trained in a parallel session, on topics of enrollment best-practices, exam positioning techniques and data collection protocols.
We thank all of the physicians and research staff for joining us on May 20th for this productive training seminar and we look forward to the launch of the PCC nationwide.