A Medical Device Daily

iCAD (Nashua, New Hampshire), a provider of computer-aided detection (CAD) solutions for the early identification of cancer, reported that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently granted the company U.S. patent No. 7,333,645.

This patent addresses how the company's CAD systems can improve cancer detection by applying technology that integrates information from multiple mammography images, including prior exams.

"We are continuously working to enhance our CAD offerings, including the development of technologies that will further improve CAD performance for radiologists," said Ken Ferry, president/CEO of iCAD. "It is a strategic priority to expand our portfolio of patents that protect our intellectual property and the innovation that powers iCAD products in the detection of cancer, and we are delighted to be granted this new patent."

This is the first patent issued to iCAD in 2008. The company was awarded four patents in 2007, including one related to CAD for virtual colonoscopy. The company now has a total of 24 granted patents and 21 patents pending worldwide.