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Imagen térmica activa de banda dual aplicada con corriente de multifrecuencia para mamografía

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOTR20161031011
Publicado:
14/11/2016
Caducidad:
14/11/2017
Resumen:
Un investigador turco ha desarrollado una tecnología de imagen híbrida basada en métodos de imágenes eléctricas y térmicas para diagnosticar tejidos cancerosos. Esta técnica aumenta el contraste térmico y ofrece datos de la distribución de la conductividad dependientes de la frecuencia. El objetivo es ofrecer un sistema de imagen sin utilizar radiación ionizante, que es potencialmente dañina para la salud humana, y desarrollar un método que detecte y defina el tipo de tumor en el mismo examen. El sistema puede detectar tumores en zonas más profundas del tejido y calcificaciones, obteniendo un proceso cómodo con un tiempo de diagnóstico relativamente corto. Los datos se emplean para detectar el cáncer de mama. El investigador busca clientes potenciales interesados en licenciar la tecnología.

Details

Tittle:
Multi-frequency current applied dual-band active thermal imaging for mammography
Summary:
A Turkish researcher has invented a hybrid imaging method using electrical and thermal imaging methods. The technique while increasing the thermal contrast provides frequency dependent conductivity distribution data which can be used as a basis for the detection of the breast carcinoma. The researcher is looking for potential clients who will be interested in licensing the technology.
Description:
Mammography is the standard test for breast secreening. However, it can give false positive and false negative results. Utilization of ionizing radiation and pain related to squeezing of breast are also disadvantages of this method. Since there is no gold standard in breast screening, novel methods are required to detect cancerous tissue in the breast.

This invention is about a hybrid technique that incorporates thermal and electrical imaging methods for the diagnosis of cancerous tissues. In this system there are three main ideas:using the electrical properties of the tissue for diagnostic aims,obtaining different information/different images depending on the operation frequency of the applied current, imaging the surface temperature and emissivity parameters by measuring the infrared emission.

The aims for the development of the medical electro-thermal imaging method and the system thereof, are procuring an imaging system without using ionizing radiation which is potentially harmful for the human health, developing a method that can detect and define the tumor type in the same examination process, developing a system that can detect the tumors in deeper areas of the tissue, and the micro calcifications in the tissue, obtaining a comfortable examining procedure, which has relatively short diagnosing time.

The researcher is looking for potential clients who will be interested in licensing the technology.
Advantages and Innovations:
The present invention is mainly concentrated on the diagnosis of the breast carcinoma using a hybrid technique incorporating both thermal and electrical impedance imaging methods. The innovation of the approach relies on the frequency dependence of the tissue´s electrical impedance which facilitates the acquisition of multiple thermal images with currents at different frequencies injected to the region of the body under inspection. This new technique improves the sensitivity of medical imaging over the standard thermography as follows.

Compared to existing techniques, main advantages can be specified as;

-Reliable: Generates thermograms with improved thermal contrast

-Harmless: Does not involve ionizing radiation and no harmful effect on the human body

-Painless: No breast squeezing required

-Early stage detection: Early stage diagnosis of breast carcinoma for deeply located tumors

-Screening usage: Low-cost, portable and fast screening time; can be used as a real-time imaging modality
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
IPs:
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
USA patent application is pending
European patent application is pending

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The researcher is looking for potential clients who will be interested in licensing the technology.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
06001005 Diagnósticos, diagnosis
06001013 Tecnología médica / ingeniería biomédica