UW researcher finds new, simple way to screen for breast cancer

Omar Ramahi and his team have developed a new and simple way to screen for breast cancer. He hopes his technology will allow women to get screen regularly. (Carmen Groleau/ CBC)

(Carmen Groleau/ CBC News) — Omar Ramahi and his team at the University of Waterloo have come up with a new and simple way to screen for breast cancer that could be coming to the market in the near future.

A professor of electrical and computer engineering by trade, Ramahi and his team have created a prototype that uses micro-waves and artificial intelligence to detect abnormalities in the breast within minutes. Ramahi hopes the device will allow women to screen for breast cancer regularly and detect it sooner.

“If women can screen for breast cancer regularly, it’s a major game changer. Maybe not every year, but every month,” he said.

The screening process is simple, Ramahi said.

A woman lays face down in what looks like a massage bed with a section near the middle cut out. A sensor underneath then scans each breast separately and within a few minutes the results are in. (…)

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