3D Mammography

Fujifilm ASPIRE Cristalle

It’s time to get smarter about 3D mammography

ASPIRE Cristalle with Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) is built with insight into image quality, operational excellence, and a better patient experience.

Mammograms don’t work if women won’t get them.

The intelligent design of ASPIRE Cristalle’s patented Comfort Paddle provides noticeably less pain and anxiety for the patient. With its unique flexible, slotted 4-way tilting paddle design, it provides more even compression, that combined with the Intelligent Automatic Exposure Control (iAEC) image processing, make it possible to provide more optimized images at low dose for every breast type, including implants.

Technology Advances in Mammography Dose Reduction and Image Quality

Fujifilm’s third generation full field digital mammography (FFDM) system, ASPIRE Cristalle, is based on Fujifilm’s unique and innovative technologies that achieve optimum image quality at very low patient dose. These outcomes are made possible by a new detector technology that uses a hexagonal close pattern (HCP) architecture, coupled with analytical and adaptive image processing that automatically adjusts to each patient’s breast composition. This paper highlights these recent advances in FFDM technology.

ASPIRE Cristalle FFDM System

Drawing on over 30 years of digital mammography detector and image processing expertise, Fujifilm’s ASPIRE Cristalle (Figure 1) incorporates technological advances that can be instrumental in
he early detection of breast cancer, while at the same time providing comfortable and low dose exams for the patient.

Figure 1: ASPIRE Cristalle

Hexagonal Close Pattern (HCP) detector

Fujifilm has developed a novel detector that uses hexagonal shaped pixels. The HCP design provides a 50 μm output, and yields improved detector sensitivity when compared to conventional square
pixel FFDM detectors.

As shown in Figure 2a, due to the right angles associated with conventional square pixels, the electric field between these pixels demonstrates a
weakness in intensity. This weakness results in a reduction in collection efficiency as some of the converted x-ray information (in the form of electrical charges) will not be collected by the square pixels, but simply pass between them (Figure 2b)

Figure 2a: Conventional square pixels with
corresponding electric field intensity

Figure 2b: Conventional square pixels with
reduced collection efficiency

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