In this paper, we present a new ultrasound-based technique for the assessment of cancer-related angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is the creation of a new vasculature, which is associated with tumor malignancy. The method takes advantage of the presence of multiple scattering by microbubbles injected in the vasculature. This method could help increase the specificity of ultrasound for cancer diagnosis.
This work is the result of a collaboration with Paul Dayton, from the Biomedical Engineering Dept. at UNC.