Ultrasound is widely employed in medical diagnostics because it is real-time, safe and relatively inexpensive. The activity of the group ranges from ultrasound imaging to the development of devices for guided intervention and implant monitoring.
One in nine women in the UK and USA will develop breast cancer during their lives. X-ray mammography is currently recommended for screening postmenopausal women due to its limited effectiveness in younger patients. However, it has now been shown that ultrasound has higher sensitivity in younger women, thus holding the potential for the development of a technology that could lead to earlier cancer detection.
Breast Cancer Projects
Guidance of interventional devices during surgical procedures and condition monitoring of implants are two areas of major interest. Ultrasound and lower frequency mechanical vibrations can be engineered into a economic and robust technology capable of addressing these tasks.