High-Resolution Large-Field-of-View Ultrasound Breast Imager
Annual rept. 1 Jun 2012-31 May 2013
CHICAGO UNIV IL
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In this work, we are seeking to construct and test the first practical full-field transmission ultrasound breast imaging system. The system will have a large field-of-view capable of producing 2D images of the entire breast in near real-time. Because it uses a fixed imaging geometry that does not involve scanning, it will also circumvent the operator-dependence of conventional ultrasound imaging methods. The compact vertical design mimics the form factor of mammography systems and would provide a basis for later incorporation of an x-ray source and detector, which would allow for routine dual-modality x-ray and acoustic imaging for screening and diagnosis. If successful, this work will provide the basis for a dual-modality ultrasound and mammography imaging system that could help improve early detection of breast cancer, especially in young women with dense breasts, which are often not well visualized mammographically. It would also help reduce false positives, which add to the expense and anxiety associated with current approaches to breast cancer screening.
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