Improving the health of women potentially at risk of breast cancer

Spring 2016
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Professor Milica Popovic (right), of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, explains her monitoring process at last year’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Awards evening. (Photo: Owen Egan)

Detection of early stage breast tumors is critically important. Each of the current modalities, such as mammography, ultrasound and MRI, has downsides, often resulting in late tumor detection and, consequently, a lower success rate in post-surgical treatment.

Low power microwave based screening is an emerging field that promises inexpensive, comfortable and safe monitoring of breast tissue, to enable early detection of malignant lesions.

Led by Professor Milica Popovic of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a McGill research team is among only a few in the world that has evaluated the underlying technology (ultra-wide-band (UWB) microwave detection) for monitoring breast tissue in human subjects.

The William and Rhea Seath Award that Professor Popovic’ team won is providing funds to continue constructing a second-generation prototype which will, in comparison with the first prototype used in feasibility studies, be compact and portable.

This low power microwave based screening promises inexpensive, comfortable and safe monitoring of breast tissue and early detection of malign lesions.

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