Manitoba

Microwaves instead of x-rays for breast cancer screening?

A University of Manitoba physicist is the recipient of $434,000 in research funding from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for a new method of detecting breast cancer using microwave technology instead of x-ray imaging.

A University of Manitoba physicist is the recipient of $434,000 in research funding from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for a new method of detecting breast cancer using microwave technology instead of x-ray imaging.

Dr. Stephen Pistorius is studying new methods for detecting breast cancer using microwave technology instead of x-ray imaging.

Such low-power electromagnetic waves (about the same energy as a cell phone) could allow scanning for breast tumours without the need for breast compression.

In a news release Wednesday, Pistorius said the technology is "expected to be more comfortable, safe and cost-effective, making it amenable for screening in remote and developing areas and for improving the accuracy of breast cancer diagnosis."

Pistorius’ research proposal is one of eight projects aimed at earlier detection of breast cancer, receiving a total of more than $3.2 million in funding from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

 

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