Magnetic Resonance Elastography
 
The mechanical properties of malignant tissues are noticeable different from those of healthy tissues, differences that are current exploited by manual palpation for the clinical assessment of tissue elasticity. The vast majority of breast cancers are first detected using manual palpation either by the patient themselves or during routine clinical examination. Nevertheless, tumors can elude detection by manual palpation by virtue of their size and/or the location within the breast. The goal of our research is to develop objective methods for visualizing the stiffness within soft tissues, methods that could potentially detect deep seated life threatening tumors much earlier than manual palpation.