Microwave breast screening: Problems of getting from Laboratory to Clinic
Date: 21st November 13
Location: The Royal College of Surgeons of England
Postcode: WC2A 3PE
Contact: Jo Macdonald
Phone: 01225 325721
Microwave Breast Screening - Problems of getting from Laboratory to Clinic
The talk will try to show how the unique property of the breast, namely its high fat content, can be exploited to image lesions that differ in property from the substrate. These lesions are particularly cysts and tumours. Using the highest radio-frequency that can be detected after traversing a breast, the challenge is to create a radar system to reconstruct a dielectric map of the breast, and a practical clinic system. Some very promising results will be shown as well as the steps we have taken to create a clinical prototype breast scanner.
This has been in the face of considerable scepticism in the scientific community as to whether the dielectric differences would be large enough, or whether a high enough frequency could be used to get a workable resolution, or even that it is possible to get the energy into the breast and recover enough signal. However the rewards of being able to use a non-ionising radiation that can inherently generate 3D images of breast are sufficient to excite the clinical community as well as investors.
The talk will be given by Professor Alan Preece of Micrima, last year's winners of The Society's Combined Royal Colleges Medal. Doors will open from 6.30pm and the lecture will start promptly at 7.30pm.