News | August 07, 2007

NIH Awards Grant Funds for Prototype Construction of UltraSound CT Scanner

August 8, 2007 – The National Cancer Institute (NCI)/National Institutes of Health (NIH) have awarded TechniScan Medical Systems, developer of ultrasound technology for breast imaging, Phase II grant monies for prototype construction of its UltraSound CT scanning system.

The company’s ultrasound technology is called inverse scattering, and reportedly makes use of the entire spectrum of information available from the ultrasound signal. The resulting diagnostic information includes ultrasound transmission tomography images in a format similar to that provided by MRI and CT imaging, the company says. In addition, UltraSound CT provides indices of speed and attenuation of sound — tissue properties that may provide physicians with valuable diagnostic information.

Phase II, which began in April 2007, involves production of two systems modeled on the improved USCT Imaging prototype. These machines will be used in Phase III for investigational testing of patients at the University of California San Diego in La Jolla, CA and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

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