July 8, 2014 | Harper Cancer Research Institute
Accurate mammography is crucial for early detection of breast cancer, which can greatly increase survival rates. Lisa Cole, a bioengineering PhD candidate, has developed an x-ray contrast agent that can detect microcalcifications more accurately. Working alongside Dr. Ryan Roeder, Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Cole has previously experimented this new technology using gels and rat models.
What’s the next step for Cole’s project? The x-ray contrast agent needs to be tested using a model that mimics actual human tissue.