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Tecnología portátil de imágenes por ultrasonido para detección del cáncer de mama

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOCH20160708001
Publicado:
21/07/2016
Caducidad:
11/07/2017
Resumen:
Una universidad suiza ofrece un método de detección del cáncer de mama basado en ultrasonidos. A diferencia de la mamografía, el escáner de ultrasonido no emite radiaciones y es indoloro, y ofrece una mayor sensibilidad para detectar tumores en mamas densas. El nuevo cabezal de exploración es compatible con la mayoría de escáneres de ultrasonidos comerciales empleados por los médicos. La universidad busca un licenciatario para desarrollar un producto industrial a partir del prototipo y lanzar este nuevo escáner al mercado.

Details

Tittle:
Hand-held ultrasound imaging of breast for tumour screening.
Summary:
A Swiss university of technology offers a screening method for breast cancer.
The method is based on ultrasound. Unlike a mammogram the ultrasound scan is radiation-free and painless and provides higher sensitivity for tumours in dense breasts.
The newly developed ultrasound probe head is compatible with most commercial ultrasound scanners used by doctors.
A licensing partner who develops the prototype to an industrial product and introduces the new scanner to the market is sought.
Description:
Background
X-ray mammography is the current method for breast cancer screening. However, a mammogram is rather painful as it requires the compression of the breast. Also, a potentially harmful radiation dose is administered during the scan and the sensitivity for dense breasts is limited.

Detailed Description
The ultrasound screening method proposed by the Swiss university of technology is a time-of-flight method. The probe head is at the same time an emitter and a sensor. The head emits an ultrasound wave which travels through the tissue. A hand-held reflector is positioned on the other side of the tissue, so that the sound waves are back-reflected to the probe head (see picture). The time between emission of the ultrasound wave and detection of its echo is recorded.
The propagation speed of the wave through the tissue depends on the stiffness of the tissue. The stiffer the tissue the faster the propagation speed of the wave. Cancer tissue is stiffer than glandular tissue or other breast structures (skin, cysts). Thus, a strong contrast for cancerous tissue is obtained in the resulting image by recording variations in the travel times of the ultrasound waves. The ultrasound probe head was developed with an imaging processing program. The computing algorithm for the image processing is also covered by the patent.

Application
The technique can in general be applied to the screening of protruding/external tissues such as breast, testicles, skin, cartilage and the extremities. It is a non-destructive imaging technique.

Partnership
A prototype was built and is currently tested on patients in a clinical facility. In a next step the university researchers will refine the technology. For the development of the prototype to an industrial product and the commercialisation a licensing partner in the field of medical technology is sought.
Advantages and Innovations:
- The ultrasound screening technology outperforms X-ray mammography in several scenarios.
- It´s a low-cost add-on to conventional ultrasound systems.
- It minimizes patient discomfort.
- It´s a simple operation for the sonographer, similar to conventional ultrasound
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
IPs:
Granted patent or patent application essential
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
European Patent application (August 2015)

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The specific area of activity of the partner:
- medicinal technology
- manufacturer of ultrasound scanners with R-Y-D department

The tasks to be performed by the partner sought:
- develop the prototype to an industrial product for the cancer screening market
- introduce new technology to market

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
German

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
01004001 Applications for Health
06001003 Citología, cancerología, oncología
06001005 Diagnósticos, diagnosis
01003012 Imaging, Image Processing, Pattern Recognition
09001001 Tecnología acústica relacionada con la realización de medidas