A scalable actuator for the dynamic palpation of soft tissue for use in the assessment of prostate tissue quality

P. Scanlan, S. J. Hammer, D. Good, W. Shu, R. L. Reuben, S. Phipps, G. A. Stewart, S. A. McNeil

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Abstract

We will report on a novel device for the in vivo assessment of prostate tissue quality. One of the first steps for the in vivo assessment of prostate cancer is a digital rectal examination (DRE) and our aim is to instrument this procedure. The device is used to measure the dynamic elastic modulus of prostate tissue samples and has been able to show correlations between tissue morphology and its mechanical characteristics. Scanning the prostate with the device allows us to build stiffness maps of the gland which can then be used for diagnostic purposes to identify diseased prostatic tissue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)656-659
Number of pages4
JournalProcedia Engineering
Volume87
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • DRE
  • Elastic modulus
  • Palpation
  • Prostate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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