Lily MedTech’s Ring Echo system is an innovative diagnostic imaging system for detecting breast cancer using a ring-type ultrasonic transducer, developed from ultrasound imaging technology from Faculty of Medicine and School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo. Clinical tests are currently being conducted at the Tsukuba International Breast Clinic (November 2016 - present) and at the University of Tokyo Hospital (December 2016 - present).
The Ring Echo system was developed with The Ring Echo system is developed with the aim to overcome common issues with current breast cancer screening: the examinee places her breast into a hole in the bed, where it is scanned by the ultrasonic transducer without the pain or risks of other examination techniques.
When the patient lies down on the bed and puts her breast into the hole, the ultrasonic transducer moves up and down, taking a full 3D scan of the patient’s breast. Since the transducer never touches the body, the patient feels no pain. In addition, because the scanned image is taken with the breast suspended inside the Ring Echo device, without requiring any special positioning, highly reproducible imaging is possible.
Our prototype successfully creates a clear image of tumors, even in test cases for women with high density mammary gland tissue.