Diagnostic gamma camera to help locate breast cancer lesions

A prototype camera, which uses gamma ray detection to pinpoint breast cancer lesions in three dimensions, promises to extend the useful life of two-dimensional nuclear imaging devices in developing countries.

Designed by Dr M. Iqbal Saripan of the Universiti Putra Malaysia, the 3D camera uses a wire-mesh collimator: a novel gamma ray-focusing device that he invented. Compared with X-rays, gamma rays yield more useful images because they penetrate bone as well as soft tissue.

Older nuclear imaging devices already in use had a high initial cost, but the progression of medical technology makes their two-dimensional images obsolete. Adding Dr Saripan’s single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) camera, which is about the size of a large suitcase, to these room-sized machines would extend their service lives for far less cost than replacing them outright.

Dr Saripan’s team is currently preparing the SPECT camera for field testing. Diagnostic gamma camera to help locate breast cancer lesions

For further information contact:
Dr M. Iqbal Saripan
Department of Computer and Communication Systems
Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia
E-mail: [email protected]

*This article also appears in Asia Research News 2015 (P.20).

Published: 26 May 2015

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