CfM Partners with Riverside Research

CfM Partners with Riverside Research

Researchers at the City College of New York (CUNY) have partnered with Riverside Research’s Electromagnetic Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Centers of Excellence to explore novel metamaterials to enhance early detection of breast-cancer. This project aims to develop a novel, breast-cancer imaging system using acoustic and optical metamaterials. In particular, improved mammographic screening using photoacoustic tomography (PAT) will be pursued. The project is titled "Development of acoustic and optical metamaterials for breast-cancer imaging."

The collaboration will focus on research under the direction of Dr. Ashwin Sampathkumar at the Frederic L. Lizzi Center for Biomedical Engineering at Riverside Research and Dr. David Crouse with the Center for Metamaterials at CUNY. The project will exploit the unique attributes of metamaterials to manipulate device control at a micro-scale to overcome the limitations of beam steering, spatial light control and focusing in current PAT systems.

This project will seek to determine how to develop a metamaterial-based imaging system to enhance early identification of breast cancer. Globally, cancer is a major health issue as advances in modern medicine continue to extend the human life span.  In the U.S., cancer is the second most-common cause of death, exceeded only by heart disease; cancer accounts for nearly one of every four deaths. Breast cancer ranks second as a cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer). Detection of tumors less than 1 cm potentially is achievable using the proposed technology; detection of such small lesions is not possible using X-ray mammography. In addition, PAT uses non-ionizing radiation and thus eliminates health hazards for the patient as well as the operator.

The Riverside Research centers of excellence (COEs) seek to move science from the laboratory to the field for the benefit of our humanity. Cutting edge research undertaken at the COEs enable Riverside Research to be one of America’s premier not-for-profit providers of independent, trusted technical and scientific expertise. 




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