SALT LAKE CITY, April 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The groundbreaking algorithms developed at TechniScan, Inc. have led to a new arena of whole breast ultrasound technology, as presented at a national medical ultrasound conference in San Diego in March.
The breakthrough in imaging is a result of Wiskin's and colleagues David Borup, Ph.D., and Steven Johnson's, Ph.D. work in the mathematics of inverse scattering. TechniScan's Warm Bath Ultrasound(TM) (WBU) system uses a unique combination of traditional B-mode (reflective) ultrasound and two types of transmission ultrasound - speed of sound and attenuation of sound, to produce three unique sets of images.
The goal of the new technology is to improve breast imaging and provide tissue characterization that will more accurately distinguish pathological from normal breast tissue. The images are captured in a comfortable, radiation-free method as a woman lies prone on an examination table and ultrasound is directed, using warm water as a coupling medium, into the patient's breast tissue.
Wiskin is a co-inventor of the fundamental imaging algorithms used by TechniScan to produce whole breast ultrasound images. His research includes inverse scattering theory, image processing, and acoustic, electromagnetic, and elastic wave propagation. His dissertation at the University of Utah (mathematics) established new inverse scattering imaging methods. He currently holds a faculty position in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Utah.
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