Tuesday, March 31, 2015

OU Research Team Receives NIH Grant to Facilitate Innovative Technique that Enhances Breast Cancer Detection

An innovative technique that enhances breast cancer detection while reducing radiation dose has been proposed by a University of Oklahoma research team.  In response, the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health has awarded a $3 million grant to the OU team to facilitate the technique, which includes building a patient imaging system and conducting preclinical evaluations and Phase I clinical trials.
The grant was awarded to a research team led by Hong Liu, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the OU College of Engineering, to translate a specific phase-sensitive X-ray technique to clinical practice to reduce radiation dose and imprliuove accuracy in breast cancer diagnosis.  Liu is also a member of the Stephenson Cancer Center, located at the OU Health Sciences Center.
“This technique can greatly enhance tissue contrast and significantly reduce radiation dose as compared to current methods,” says Liu.
 “The leadership, support and state-of-the-art facility at OU are essential to the success of our cancer imaging research.  We are grateful for the interdisciplinary environment and seamless collaboration in both research and education among the Norman and Health Sciences Center campuses,” Liu added. 
This interdisciplinary research involves close collaborations between academic and industry, engineers and clinicians in multiple institutions.  OU encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary research and education.
This research is supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01CA193378.  For more information about this research, contact Hong Liu at liu@ou.edu.