Ultrasonic Excitation For Enhanced Thermographic Detection Of Cancer
Original Publication Date: 1979-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
A method of noninvasive, nondestructive diagnosis of cancerous conditions at an early stage is provided wherein the suspected cancerous area is ultrasonically irradiated immediately prior to infrared thermographic mapping of the area. The technique proceeds from the discovery that abnormal or cancerous tissue absorbs far greater ultrasonic energy than surrounding normal tissue. The absorbed ultrasonic energy increases the temperature differential between the healthy and diseased tissue so that the accuracy of the infrared profile is enhanced.