University of Calgary

Engineers develop method to spot breast cancer months before tumours appear

Submitted by darmstro on Wed, 2012-03-28 09:18.

March 28, 2012

Engineers at the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering have discovered a way to detect breast cancer several months before tumours form.

Advanced computer technology was key in developing a software system to analyze images from mammograms and flag subtle, early signs of breast cancer that are often missed during routine screening.

The system focuses on detecting architectural distortion, which refers to specific patterns in breast tissue that can be precursors to cancer. They may be present more than a year before the appearance of obvious signs such as lumps.

The research team has won a Publication Prize from Canada's Institute for Cancer Research for making a significant contribution to cancer research.

What: Software system detects changes in breast tissue patterns months before tumours

When: Thursday, March 29, 11:00 a.m. to noon

Where: Biomedical Signal and Image Analysis Laboratory, 417D, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Building, Schulich School of Engineering

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Who: Raj Rangayyan, Shantanu Banik and Leo Desautels
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering