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Live Study of Mammographer Performance at the ARRS

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SAN DIEGO -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard Medical School scientists, in cooperation with physicians from the Cottage Healthcare Systems and DR Systems, will be conducting a live study at the American Roentgen Ray Society Meeting to assess a new reading method called Imaging Shuffling relative to traditional side-by-side methods of image comparison. The study is being led by Drs. Trafton Drew and Jeremy Wolfe from Harvard University, along with Dr. Mark Kovacs and Michael Trambert of the Cottage Healthcare system. Participants will need to commit 10-15 minutes of time to complete their participation. All physicians attending ARRS are invited to participate in this study simply by stopping by DR Systems booth located in the exhibit hall. An iPAD Mini is being offered to the physician with the best reading performance. DR Systems Chairman, Murray Reicher, MD indicates the study asks the question, “Is there a method for reading mammograms that is inherently faster and more accurate? This is an exciting pilot study to see if we can change mammographer performance by better leveraging the human visual-cognitive system.”

Dr. Drew is a NIH-sponsored post-doctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School in Jeremy's Wolfe's Visual Attention Lab. Dr. Drew will also be presenting “Comparing Search in Breast Tomosynthesis and 2D Mammograms: An Eye–Tracking Study,” on Monday, May 5, 9:40 AM – 9:50 AM in Scientific Session 1. This fall, Dr. Drew will be an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. Dr. Drew’s research studies the role that attention plays in a diverse array of paradigms using a variety of neuroscience and psychophysical methods. This includes using eye-tracking to better understand how radiologists search medical images. Dr. Drew’s research has been published in some of the top journals in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Radiology.

Mark D. Kovacs, M.D. is a senior resident physician in Radiology at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Dr. Kovacs is originally from Virginia and completed his medical school and internship at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a former software engineer and is now very active in technology and informatics-related medical research. In addition to aiding with the design of the Shuffling study, Dr. Kovacs was the principal investigator for a clinical study recently completed at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on lossy data compression of full field digital mammography (FFDM), which will also be presented at the ARRS meeting. After graduation from residency, Dr. Kovacs will go on to a fellowship in Abdominal Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Kovacs will be presenting at ARRS during the Scientific Session SS08 on Breast Imaging: Screening Mammography. This session will take place Tuesday May 6 from 8:30am-10:00am.

Dr. Reicher is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist and Fellow of the American College of Radiology. He is well known for his numerous scientific publications, inventions, and presentations in the fields of neuroradiology, musculoskeletal MRI, and health information technologies. In 1992, he co-founded DR Systems, Inc., a leading provider of information and image management solutions for health care enterprises. In addition to serving as Chairman of DR Systems, he is the co-founder/Chairman of Health Companion, Inc., co-founder/board member of Health Beacons, LLC, and councilor for the California Radiological Society, as well as the past President of Radiology Medical Group, Inc., and past CEO of Imaging Healthcare Specialists, LLC. Dr. Reicher received his undergraduate degree at UCLA in Biochemistry and his medical degree at UCSD.

DR Systems will be exhibiting its Unity RIS, currently the leader in the KLAS 2013 trend report for large facilities – along with the full complement of modular Unity CVIS, PACS, and reporting options. A multi-site practice can employ a single unified RIS worklist to launch and drive one or more PACS. It is also possible to launch the RIS/Reporting system from a third-party PACS.

At ARRS, DR Systems will be at located at booth #213. ARRS will be held May 5-9, 2014 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA.

About DR Systems, Inc.

DR Systems is the leading independent provider of enterprise imaging and information management systems for integrated healthcare networks, hospitals, and diagnostic imaging centers. Over two decades, the company has helped more than 600 hospitals and imaging centers lower their cost of operation by improving management of patient information, eliminating ancillary IT systems and interfaces, and increasing workflow speed, while also providing better clinical quality and patient care.

KLAS® has recognized DR Systems and its Unity™ PACS as the #1 ranked PACS vendor and product in its “2012: Best in KLAS Awards – Software & Services Report.” The company also received the #1 overall PACS vendor ranking in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2011.

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