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October 19, 2016 AT 10:00 am

Creating clearer imaging to spot cancer earlier and more accurately

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Muyinatu Bell was inspired to improve technology that can help doctors screen for cancer and other diseases, Via MIT technology review

Creating clearer imaging to spot cancer earlier and more accurately.

When biomedical engineer Muyinatu Lediju Bell was an undergraduate at MIT, her mother died of breast cancer. Bell thought her mother might have survived if she had been diagnosed sooner, so she decided to investigate what makes some ultrasound images blurry, a problem that limits a doctor’s ability to screen for and diagnose cancer and other diseases.

As a doctoral candidate at Duke University, Bell developed and patented a novel signal processing technique that produces clearer ultrasound images in real time. The solution could particularly help diagnose problems in people who are obese, because fat tissue can scatter and distort ultrasound waves, delaying the detection of a serious disease. “I think it’s unfair that a long-standing technology does not serve a huge group of people that should be able to benefit from it,” she says.

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