IEEE International Conference Imaging Systems/Techniques (IST): UBT will present its RX free mammograph on wed 5th October
September 29, 2016
Topic of the seminar: prevention in health care
October 21, 2016

Ubt Srl is going to explain the advantages of its Rx free mammograph at 2016 IEEE International Conference Imaging Systems/Techniques(IST) :
mass screening, no ionizing radiations, no breast crushing.
Breast cancer represents the first cause of death for females in all age groups. In this context, mass screening is the way to reduce its mortality rate. Currently, conventional mammograph is used for performing screening.

Traditional mammograph is inadequate due to numerous shortcomings. These are: ionizing radiation, breast crushing, and the performance of examination only in particular conditions. In addition, screening is usually limited to females in the age 50/69 years only.

Rx free mammograph- the importance of microwave imaging

Microwave imaging has attracted growing attention. It’s especially significant its applicability to breast cancer detection, motivated by the contrast in the dielectric properties at microwave frequencies of normal and malignant tissues.
Current research in microwave breast imaging can be divided into microwave tomography and ultra-wide-band (UWB) radar techniques. Drawbacks of such microwave techniques are: low signal to clutter ratio (S/C) and complex mathematical formulation leading to stability issues of the solution. Currently, no microwave apparatus for breast cancer detection is available for clinical purposes.

Initial results of the clinical validation

Recently Ubt Srl has constructed a novel, fast and accurate RX free mammograph. In this study, we present the initial results of the Clinical Validation of a such RX free mammograph for Testing Breast Integrity.

We use Huygens Principle to process microwave signals and construct a correspondent image. We compare microwave images with respect to echography and/or mammogram diagnosis. From the microwave images of the first 8 subjects, we conclude that microwave images of non-healthy subjects have a signal to clutter ratio approximately 10% greater than that of the healthy subjects. Thus, we can use signal to clutter ratio for testing breast integrity. Moreover, for one subject (arbitrarily selected) we also show that the localization of the inclusion obtained through microwave imaging is in agreement with mammography images.