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Portable Breast Elasticity and Mobility Measurement for Tumor Location and Malignancy Screening

(W.Y. Shih, A. Brooks, and W.H. Shih)

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Abstract: To date mammography is the only FDA approved breast cancer screening technique in the U.S. While mammography has been a wonderful tool for screening women over 40 it is not as effective for young women and women over 40 but with dense breasts. East Asian women also have dense breasts. The goal of the project is to develop a portable, radiation-free, breast scanning system that not only is capable of locating small tumors but also able to predict tumor malignancy. The device will be positioned in the marketplace as an early breast cancer screening tool that physicians can use for diagnosis in a clinical office setting in conjunction with the physical examination of the breast in the US, the proposed breast cancer screening tool can fill that gap to supplement mammography to screen for breast cancer early in women with dense breasts. This technology is primarily developed to be used as the a breast cancer-screening tool in developing countries such as China and India where mammography is not readily available due to the cost while breast cancer incidences increase dramatically.

This technology was licensed to a small Philadelphia-based company specializing in the development of breast cancer detection techniques alternative to mammography. The company is looking to raise a moderate amount of funding to accelerate the development of this technology.