Elastance Imaging LLC
Developing the Next Generation of Elastography for High Definition & Deep Tissue Imaging
Progress Report to Members & Stakeholders
March 27, 2020, Columbus OH
Elastance Imaging is nearing completion of a research platform that demonstrates real time non-invasive ultrasound elastography for imaging tumors, lumps, and lesions at full ultrasound depths with both stiffness and viscosity measurements down to 1-3mm spatial resolution.
Successful live patient testing with our research prototype, under the direction of Dr. Richard Barr, leading radiologist in cutting-edge imaging and elastography, and Dr. Kevin Parker, leading ultrasound pioneer at the University of Rochester, have included liver, kidney, breast, thyroid, heart and muscle-ligament-tendon. Other research groups are partnering with Elastance Imaging for research in (a) detection of early podiatric skin breakdown in diabetics so that prophylactic treatment can begin to prevent diabetic foot ulcers, (b) cornea, (c) pancreas, (d) uterine fibroid detection and ablation, and (e) adaptation of Elastance Imaging’s technology into small, portable systems for use on-site and in third world applications.
Elastance Imaging’s high resolution deep tissue elastography is based on patent-pending reverberant shear wave imaging invented by Dr. Parker at The University of Rochester, NY, and on hardware invented by Ken McCaw, designer of tactile audio gear used by the entertainment industry. Elastance Imaging systems have the potential for game-changing applications such as virtual breast biopsy, liver scanning with large patients (normally difficult to scan) and identifying changes in the heart wall that indicate ischemia (heart attack), arrhythmia, and heart failure.
Elastance Imaging’s technology literally vibrates the body with musical notes and chords. As the multi-tone soundwaves pass through various tissues, hard lumps and other abnormalities react differently than soft tissue, enabling the reverberant imaging software to identify cancers and other abnormalities. And because the system reads a simultaneous stack of musical notes (a chord), a reliable viscosity measurement is also produced, which may help to determine what the lump is.