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Microwave Technique To Detect Breast Cancer

Microwave Technique To Detect Breast Cancer
Scientists from Australia are developing a revolutionary new technique for early detection of breast cancer. They have found that microwave technology can be safely used for the detection of breast tumors.

Cutting edge research done by Dr. David Smith from Northumbria's School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences could lead to a safer and more effective way of screening for breast cancer. Microwave-based techniques are capable of generating high-quality holographic images of hidden objects such as tumors.

Medical Research Council is offering a research award to Dr. Smith and one associate to spend time at Newcastle University's Medical School to learn at first hand how the technology can be applied. Dr. Smith is expected to work with Professor Tom Lennard, Head of Surgery at Newcastle University Medical School, and will be able to use false breasts with a simulated tumour to test the technique.

"We already have proof of concept - we know microwave images can detect the difference in materials - but this collaboration will allow us to use more realistic samples and take this project a stage further,'' said Dr Smith.

Using holograms to detect breast cancer is more effective, cheaper and safer than X-rays. X-rays could be dangerous when used in higher doses but microwave radiation, on the other hand, is harmless to humans.

Tumors are also easier to spot using microwave frequencies because they give clearer and more accurate pictures of the tissue being screened.

Eventhough still in its early stages, it is hoped the technique could be used in clinical trials within just three years.





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Scientists from Australia are developing a revolutionary new technique for early detection of breast cancer. They have found that microwave technology can be safely used for the detection of breast tumors. Cutting edge research done by Dr. David Smith from Northumbria's School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences could lead to a safer and more effective way of screening for breast cancer. Microwave-based techniques are capable of generating high-quality holographic images of hidden objects such as tumors.

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