Twitch: visualize the inside of the human body with ultrasound

Should we call it “Eurovision of innovation”? Some have taken the plunge, to designate the innovation prize organized by the European Patent Office. It is the only competition in this field in Europe, the 15th edition this year. France is represented there by physicists Mathias Fink and Mickael Tanter. The first is a professor at ESPCI (Higher School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry of the City of Paris) where he holds the Georges-Charpak Chair, the second heads the Physics for Medicine laboratory (Inserm, ESPCI Paris-PSL , CNRS). The pair is nominated in the “Research” category for the revolution they have established in medical imaging and in the detection of cancers, particularly of the breast and liver.

TWITCH. Visit the Twitch channel of Science and the Future on Thursday June 3, 2021 between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. We are waiting for all your questions for this live, interactive moment.

Evaluate the elasticity of the organs

Mathias Fink and Mickael Tanter are in fact the inventors of ultrasound imaging, a system which enables the inside of the human body to be visualized using ultrasound. The device in fact evaluates the elasticity of the organs, it is thus able to determine the presence of possible cancerous tumors without going through a biopsy, an invasive and painful operation for the patients. The doctor’s palpation is thus replaced by that of the waves, and it can auscultate the depths of our bowels! The invention, made by Fink and Tanter in the 90s, gave rise to a very concrete development, now used by doctors all over the world. It is medical imaging equipment marketed by their start-up SuperSonic Imagine, established in 2005. The company has sold nearly 3,000 devices that help make diagnoses in more than 80 countries around the world.

Internet users can vote for the “public’s prize”

The two scientists will explain in our next Twitch, Thursday June 3, 2021 between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., how they came to imagine this device halfway between physics and biology. Will it be worth them to become European inventors of the year? The verdict will fall on June 17 during a virtual ceremony to be followed on the web. But, as we have said, the competition covers several categories, and the “public prize” is naturally based on the votes of Internet users. To vote for Mathias Fink and Mickael Tanter, just click on this address … In 2017, Mickael Tanter participated in the France 3 program L’Etincelle, a partnership Sciences and the Future: the show is still visible on our site.

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