Mikel Tanter and his partner Mathias Fink have been working around medical imaging and ultrasound therapy for over thirty years. Specifically, he, along with his team, has developed an ultra-fast ultrasound machine – 10,000 images per second against the usual 50 – that improves the diagnosis of cancerIn particular, the breast and liver. An Invention That Eliminates the Need for Biopsies.
It is for this work that the Breton physicist, originally from Pampol (Ctes-d’Armor), has been selected among 15 finalists for the European Inventor Prize, the final of which is scheduled for 17 June. They may also receive a second prize because of the possible public vote on this site.
50% fewer biopsies
In his work, Mikael Tanter, Director of Research at INSERM, depend on palpationWidely used by physicians to diagnose disease. The palpation that the physicist wants to change: “What we wanted to do with Mathias Fink is to find a method to map the stiffness of tissues in a more scientific way than a simple intuitive palpation of the doctor.“, he explains. So he used shear waves to set up your project. “You can see them when you slightly tap on the surface of your abdomen, and to see them inside the body, we had to invent a super fast ultrasound machine.“, specifies Breton.
This is the step that halves the number of biopsies.Especially for breast cancer. “You do a standard ultrasound and at one point the device goes into super fast mode and simultaneously palpats inside the body. We have a much more relevant diagnosis“, he adds.
Companies created for the benefit of research
The Breton physicist did not choose his work randomly, he dreamed of becoming a doctor. “it’s a way to combine my two passions“, he smiles. Today, his laboratory, made up entirely of physicists, is working on equipment for doctors, in the field of cancer diagnosis, but also in neurology, cardiology and cardiovascular diseases. “Using ultrasound waves, we attempt to diagnose, diagnose, or treat diseases remotely surgically without opening the patient“, he explains.
Mikel Tanter has also developed Many companies to do their research. “We absolutely wanted the research done in the laboratory to be useful in the everyday world and make a real impact in the lives of patients.“