Prostate Cancer is the most common type of cancer and the second cause of cancer death in men in the UK. The limitations in current tools imply that there is still a need for improvements in diagnosis and treatment monitoring. The effectiveness of prostate cancer diagnosis is still low, generating under and over diagnosis. High Intensity Focused Ultrasound ablation is emerging as a focal treatment for prostate cancer, however, a real-time monitoring system is still necessary. Modern imaging techniques can contribute to the diagnosis. Magnetic Resonance Imaging is providing good results but its high cost holds back its wide implementation. Conventional Ultrasound is limited to guiding biopsy. Elastography techniques are emerging as a promising real-time imaging method as cancer nodules are usually stiffer than adjacent normal prostatic tissue. In this project, we propose the use of shear wave propagation as a diagnosis and ablation monitoring method for prostate cancer.
Antonio Gomez holds a BSc in Civil Engineering (2009) and an MSc in Mechanics of Structures (2012) both from University of Granada, Spain. Since 2014 he is pursuing his PhD within the Ultrasonics Group at the UCL Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Nader Saffari.
Antonio worked in the Civil Construction sector within remarkable Spanish contractor companies from 2007 to 2011. In 2012 he joined the Non-Destructive Evaluation Lab of University of Granada leaded by Dr. Rus focused on computer modelling of waves propagation. In 2013 he was awarded with a prestigious Talentia Scholarship for continuing his research career at UCL. His interest includes computer modelling, high focused ultrasound in medicine and characterization of biomaterials.