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Fabrication and characterization of suitable breast phantoms for photoacoustic imaging

Leuven | More than two weeks ago

Can imec's photoacoustic imaging revolutionize breast cancer screening and as such save lives?

Although early detection of breast cancer can significantly increase survival, the radioactive X-ray that requires painful squeezing of the breast to get a good image is an event that women dislike. In imec, we are exploring an alternative imaging modality with spectral selectivity and acoustic sensitivity to address this problem, i.e. photoacoustic imaging.

In photoacoustic imaging the target is hit with harmless light, which causes vibrations that return as a detailed image of the target in the form of sound, similar to ultrasound images. This technique involves as such pulses of laser light capable of penetrating deep enough into tissue to hit the biological target. Since light is completely blurred as it bounces and travels back through the tissue, sound is used since it travels very cleanly through tissues.

To evaluate the performance of Imec’s photoacoustic imaging system and prepare for biological experiments, phantoms with known optical and acoustic properties are essential. We are looking for an enthusiast student that will make phantoms based on the available literature and characterize them optically and acoustically.

Type of project: Internship

Duration: 3-6 months

Required degree: Master of Bioengineering, Master of Science

Required background: Biomedical engineering, Bioscience Engineering, Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering

Supervising scientist(s): For further information or for application, please contact: Hilde Jans (Hilde.Jans@imec.be)

Imec allowance will be provided for students studying at a non-Belgian university.