On the potentialities of millimeter waves for breast cancer detection

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EM-based medical technologies are receiving increasing interest in the global scientific community. One of the most studied applications in this field is the use of microwaves for cancer diagnosis, particularly for breast cancer detection, made possible by the significant dielectric contrast between healthy and neoplastic tissues. Several microwave imaging prototypes for breast cancer detection have been proposed, some even tested in pre-clinical settings on volunteers and patients, demonstrating reasonable target detection capabilities in dense/medium-dense tissues.

In this seminar, an overview of the work done and on-going at the University of Pavia investigating the potential of millimeter (mm-) waves for early-stage breast cancer detection in fat tissues will be disclosed. In particular, the main design steps will be shown and critically discussed.

In addition, the perspectives of multi-modal approaches (based on mm-waves, Ultrasounds, and elastography) to improve the cancer detection capabilities in different breast compositions will be presented.

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  • Date: 02 May 2023
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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This is a free event, but registration is necessary. The Zoom link to the virtual seminar will be provided to registered attendees prior to the event. Please register by the indicated deadline!

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Canada H3A 0E9

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  • Starts 23 April 2023 12:00 AM
  • Ends 02 May 2023 09:15 AM
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On the potentialities of millimeter waves for breast cancer detection

Biography:  Simona Di Meo (Member, IEEE) was born in 1992. She received the M.Sc. degree (cum laude) in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electronics and computer science from the University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy, in 2016 and 2020, respectively. She is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher with Microwave Laboratory and Bioengineering Laboratory, Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Pavia. Her current research interests include innovative techniques for early breast cancer detection. She was the Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) with the University of Pavia funding BlueSky Research Project MULTIWAVE.

She was the Education and research cooperation committee Chair and member of the Technical Program Committee for the Mediterranean Microwave Symposium 2022, and Student Activity Chair for the European Microwave Week 2022.

She is the recipient of several awards and recognitions, including the IEEE AP-S Eugene F. Knott Memorial Pre-Doctoral Research Award, the IEEE AP-S Doctoral Research Grant, the IEEE AP-S Fellowship, the “Pavia Donna ADOS” (Association of Breast-operated Women) Award, and multiple URSI Young Scientist Awards.

Dr. Di Meo is Associate Editor of the IET Healthcare Technology Letters and Editorial Board member of the IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology.