Focused Ultrasound Ablation of Breast Tumors

Mentor Name:
Jill Shea

Mentor Position:
Research Assistant Professor

Department:
Surgery

College:
Medicine

Email:
jill.shea@hsc.utah.edu


Project Description:

Magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) is a promising non-invasive ablation treatment for localized breast cancer. MRgFUS leverages breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to plan, monitor and assess treatments under MRI guidance to achieve tumor destruction with focused ultrasound, achieving excellent cosmetic results. One aspect of this project is to correlate response to treatment in MR images to the tissue level changes observed by histology.



Opportunity Type:

This is a paid research position; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis or Senior Thesis; Earn independent study credit


Student Role:

The student will be responsible for paraffin sectioning and photography of the treated tumor samples. The student can also learn immunohistochemistry and FACS


Student Benefits:

The student will work on a project that combines the expertise of engineers, computer science, and pathology. They will learn histology and meet with team regularly.


Project Duration:

The project has will be open for a minimum of a year and the student need to work a minimum of 10 hours each week.


Minimum Requirements:

There are no prerequisites.