361° Systems Corporation

PO Box 1621
Davidson, NC 28036-1621
Business: 704-576-1844
Evenings: 704-892-3665
Fax: 704-384-3666

October 19, 2004


October 19, 2004. Davidson, NC.

John P. Brockway, Ph.D., President and CEO of 361° Systems, together with William B. Carruthers III, Vice President and CIO of 361°Systems, are very pleased to announce the release of the Breast Cancer Detection and Discrimination System (BCDDS V3.3).

The purpose of the system is to aid radiologists, mammographers, gynecologists, and women in detecting breast cancer using a new, sophisticated, computerized approach to finding small, difficult to detect cancers. The system uses Dynamic Contrast Enhanced (DCE) Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI) and research-determined computer algorithms.

BCDDS uses a new research-based method to detect breast cancers, particularly those cancers that are hard to find and difficult to detect. The method requires the advanced use of MRI parameters combined with sophisticated computerized methods of examining image data to detect, locate, and classify breast cancer in women. These cancers are not easily seen with the naked, well-trained eye. They are usually found in women who have had negative results from mammographic tests as well as negative results from ultrasonography tests, but either they or their physician felt that there was suspicion to investigate further. They may have a family history of cancer, have very dense or fibrous breasts, or carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.

Using specific dynamic MRI series, gadolinium-enhanced images, and extensive MRI research, the new BCDDS system hunts for breast tumors and their extent (the tumor edges or margins) calculating the volume of each tumor. High sensitivity as well as high specificity for this method have been achieved.

For details, visit or contact Dr. Brockway at