U of Waterloo develops AI software to detect early-stage breast cancer

University of Waterloo researchers developed a prototype system that uses artificial intelligence software and microwaves to identify small, early-stage breast cancer tumors within minutes, according to a Feb. 24 news release.

The Ontario, Canada-based university spent 15 years creating the device. The prototype consists of a small sensor in an adjustable box that sits under an opening in a padded examination table. The device's sensor then emits microwaves that scan the patient and allows the AI software to compare the breast tissue composition.

The system is able to detect anomalies less than one centimeter in diameter. A negative result could quickly rule out cancer, and a positive result would trigger a referral for more extensive testing using mammography or MRI technology.

"If women were screened regularly with this, potential problems would be caught much sooner – in the early stages of cancer," said Omar Ramahi, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Waterloo, according to the news release. "Our system can complement existing technology, reserving much more expensive options for when they're really needed."

University researchers have applied for a patent and started a company, Wave Intelligence, to commercialize the system. They hope to begin patient trials in the next six months.

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