A Diagnostics & Imaging Week

Guardian Technologies International (Herndon, Virginia), developers of threat detection technology with applications for the homeland security and healthcare markets, said it is partnering with Howard University Cancer Center (Washington) and the University of Southern California Image Processing and Informatics Lab (IPILAB; Los Angeles), to submit a $12 million, three-year Impact Grant to the Department of Defense (DoD) for the development of a predictive model for visualization of onset and progression of breast cancer in African-American women.

The agreement is a collaboration of healthcare organizations, specialized corporate technologies and clinical information for this proposal.

“Not only are we honored to be partnering with Howard and USC, we believe that this is also a major validation of our own next generation technology and its ability to potentially help millions of women suffering from breast cancer,” said Michael Trudnak, CEO of Guardian.

Guardian recently reported a patent filing for a component of the signature mapping, an analysis and visualization technology that can read images from any medical imaging device to detect disease states in the brain, lungs, heart, prostate and can even visualize breast cancer in difficult to distinguish dense breast tissue.

The new grant, when completed, will create an African-American longitudinal mammography knowledge database including all screening and diagnostic mammography images, radiology and pathology reports for each normal and cancer patient; the database will be expanded from 260 to 1,300 patients which will include both normal and confirmed cancer patients.