Method and Procedure to use 3D Skin Ultrasound to Enhance Cancer and Dermatology Procedures

­ Application A method for generating 3D ultrasound images of skin lesions to improve radiation and dermatology procedures. Key Benefits Generation of high-resolution 3D images of small skin lesions. Ability to work with a variety of high-fr…

Application
A method for generating 3D ultrasound images of skin lesions to improve radiation and dermatology procedures.

Key Benefits

  • Generation of high-resolution 3D images of small skin lesions.
  • Ability to work with a variety of high-frequency US probes.
  • Provides guidance to surgeons performing dermatologic procedures.
  • Provides guidance to radiation oncologists.

Market Summary
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. 20% of Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70 and more than 2 Americans die from skin cancer every hour. The annual cost of treating skin cancers in the U.S. is an estimated $8.1 billion. The global market for medical ultrasound devices was valued at $6.7 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow to $7.8 billion by 2023 at a CAGR of 3% (BCC Research HLC221C). Ultrasound to skin cancer application likely makes up a small percentage of the “radiology/general imaging” segment of this market. High-resolution 3D images of small skin lesions could assist in the accurate detection of skin cancer and would be fierce competition in the radiology/general imaging market.

Technical Summary
Current 2D images of skin lesions are difficult for dermatologists to interpret when performing skin cancer-related procedures, the most common form of cancer. To address this issue researchers have developed a system employing extant high-frequency ultrasound probes to produce a series of 2D scans. This data is then processed to generate high-resolution 3D renderings of the tumor shapes and volumes significantly improving overall image quality. The researchers are currently recruiting for a clinical trial.

Developmental Stage
Image processing model created.

Website

https://emoryott.technologypublisher.com/techcase/19176

Contact Information

TTO Home Page: https://emoryott.technologypublisher.com

Name: Cale Lennon

Title: Director, Licensing

Department: Technology Transfer

Email: jlennon@emory.edu

Phone: 404-712-4758