Prostate Cancer is the most common type of cancer and the second most prominent 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.
Dr Antonio Gomez holds a BSc in Civil Engineering (2009) and an MSc in Mechanics of Structures (2012) both from University of Granada, Spain. He worked in the Civil Construction sector from 2007 to 2011. In 2012 he joined the Non-Destructive Evaluation Lab of University of Granada led by Dr. Rus focused on computer modelling of waves propagation. In 2014 he was awarded with a prestigious Talentia Scholarship for continuing his research career at UCL.
Dr Gomez obtained his PhD in Biomechanics in 2018 within the Ultrasonics Group at the UCL Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Nader Saffari. He is currently developing a new medical imaging technique based on transurethral elastography for the diagnosis of prostate cancer and the monitoring of focal thermal ablation of such tumours.