Student Researcher: Tomi Nano, PhD Student, Western University
Project Title: A novel high-performance x-ray detector design for improved cancer detection rates in mammography screening programs
The goal of this project goal is to improve breast cancer screening programs, the first line of defense against the disease. We are focusing on new technology designs that more accurately detect breast cancer. We hope to improve patient outcomes by improving the capabilities of current screening methods such as mammography and tomosynthesis. Due to risks associated with exposure to radiation, x-ray detectors should be highly efficient at producing high quality images to minimize patient risks. We are working on the first-ever “ideal” x-ray detector design which is more than twice as efficient as current clinical systems at detecting fine details and small structure. This new design could help radiologists more confidently identify aggressive cancers that need to be removed. We believe this research project will benefit breast cancer patients by improving cancer detection and empowering more effective treatment outcomes.