High Resolution Imaging Detector for Mammography
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Breast carcinoma is the leading cause of
cancer in women in the U.S. It is well known that if breast cancer is
detected when the tumor is small and axillary nodes are not involved, the
survival rate is very high. However, if the cancer has spread with time, the
survival rate drops significantly. Early detection of breast tumors is
therefore critical to the successful treatment of breast cancer and
significant reduction in the breast cancer mortality rate (30 to 50%) can be
achieved through early detection of breast carcinoma by X-ray mammography.
X-ray mammography is currently performed using a
film-screen system and while it has shown good success in detecting early
stage, clinically occult breast cancer the film-screen detector
has limited latitude and dynamic range. Its performance is also
affected by trade-off between detection efficiency and spatial resolution due
to increased light spreading in thicker screens which are more efficient in
stopping X-rays. In view of these limitations, we plan to explore a novel
digital imaging detector for mammography.
PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION:
Mammography, general radiology, fluoroscopy, X-ray diffraction, NDE.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Gerald Entine
RADIATION MONITORING DEVICES INC
44 HUNT ST WATERTOWN, MA 02172
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