A Compression Device for Enhancing Normal/Abnormal Tissue Contrast in MRI

This invention is a pneumatic device for detecting breast cancer with MRI. The device enables imaging of the elasticity (stiffness) of the tumor and mechanical properties of the surrounding tissue through the use of the SENC (Strain Encoding Imaging) spectrum. The SENC technique also allows for real-time quantification of tissue deformation. Additionally, the device improves the resolution of the images with contrast agents due to the applied pressure on the area of interest. The device differs from current devices on the market as it features reproducible compression of the breast, controllable compression, and recordable characteristics. Problem Solved/Background Magnetic Resonance Imaging is currently used as a supplementary tool for diagnosing breast cancer. MRI is used to investigate abnormalities of the breast initially detected by mammograms or other imaging modalities. Although MRI has significant promise in aiding the diagnosis of breast cancer, it is largely limited due to the inability to distinguish cancerous and non-cancerous abnormalities. Tumors are currently characterized by an invasive biopsy which requires additional physician training. Description (Set) Proposed Use (Set) This invention is designed to be compatible with the magnetic resonance scanners and is to be used as an accessory device to MRI breast coils. Additionally, the concept can be extended to imaging tumors and lesions on other parts of the body, such as the prostate and the liver.

Inventor(s): Osman, Nael

Type of Offer: Licensing

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