Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Ultrasound Mammogram

PostedNovember 26, 2006

Randy Atkins:  The ultrasound mammogram eliminates uncomfortable breast compression.

Neb Duric:  We have 256 sensors on a circle, on a ring, and the breast is immersed inside the ring.  Then the whole ring moves up and down on a mechanical gantry.

Randy Atkins:  Neb Duric, of Detroit’s Karmanos Cancer Institute, says it gathers more than the reflected signals of traditional ultrasound, but also those that go through the breast.

Neb Duric:  And that allows us to measure all kinds of physical parameters of the tissue that would not be measurable otherwise.

Randy Atkins:  Duric says eighty percent of today’s suspicious mammograms are benign.

Neb Duric:  What we’d like to do is provide a non-invasive way of determining what kind of mass it is.

Randy Atkins:  Preventing needless biopsies.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.