|Two High School students from Canada, have developed a prototype whole
body 3D ultrasound unit using the Stradx technology
developed by Richard Prager, Andrew Gee and Graham Treece, targeted at diagnosis and treatment of breast
cancer. As a result, Chet Gervais and Adam Sinasac, from Windsor Ontario, have been selected to represent
Canada at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Portland Oregon in the summer of 2004, to
display their 'Matrix Probe' prototype.
This 3D medical ultrasound System (US patent pending) uses the Linux-based medical engineering technology
developed in CUED. It allows precise correlation of reconstructed 3D ultrasound images with standard
mammography images improving diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. If detected early, the 5-year survival
rate for localized breast cancer is 97%. The authors of the imaging software, Graham Treece, Richard Prager
and Andrew Gee are delighted that the Canadian Students have developed a new diagnostic tool using their
software and wish them luck with their enterprise.
"When the students first started experimenting with our software, we got emails everyday asking questions and
asking us to add new facilities to the software to address their particular problem." commented Richard
Prager. "It has been interesting helping them out: we too have gained from the experience, as the students
have been using STRADX in a way that we had not originally designed it for. This has encouraged us to make
quite a few alterations, so ending up with a more powerful software product."
Further detail are available on the Team
Canada web site.