2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Location: ECSS 3.910
The 3D-CBS technology (3-D Complete Body Screening) is the most sensitive medical imaging solution enabling effective early cancer detection through screening the entire body at the lowest radiation dose and lowest examination cost for asymptomatic people, for cancer survivors and for improving prognosis and therapy. Because the best medical imaging devices are based on particle detection, a significant improvement in early cancer detection, which means saving many lives, requires a breakthrough invention advancing the field of particle detection, increasing the efficiency in capturing good signals from radiation at the lowest cost per good signal captured. The author conceived the idea for this breakthrough invention in particle physics whilst working at the Supercollider, SSC in Texas. It was then formally recognized by a major scientific review at FERMILab in 1993. This opened the door to additional inventions in medical imaging applications the author made in the year 2000 and presented in two scientific articles and a book www.UnitedToEndCancer.org/doc/830.pdf) at the 2000 IEEE-NSSMIC Conference in Lyon, France. In 2001, at the IEEE-NSS-MIC conference in San Diego, its electronics were shown feasible using two large FPGA chips (Field Programmable Gate Array), and at the same conference in 2003, its industrialized version using modular electronic boards, each having sixty-eight 3D-Flow processors suitable to build systems of any size, was shown feasible and functional. The 3D-CBS technology relies on the same nuclear reaction as current PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and has demonstrated by calculations, simulations and hardware components that it is superior in efficiency and suitable for effective early cancer detection while reducing health care costs. Despite its proven superiority it has not received funding. What has been funded is the billion dollar PET market which fails to show any significant reduction in cancer deaths and cost. These state-of the-art scanners are unable to achieve sufficient sensitivity due to their limited axial Field-Of-View (FOV), their low efficiency in capturing and accurately measuring all characteristics of the signals from the tumor markers and their high cost. IEEE Chairmen and reviewers who repeatedly rejected the 3D-CBS at conferences have received funding for less efficient projects, most recently at the 2013 IEEE-NSS-MIC Conference with the EXPLORER initiative to develop a total-body 2-meter FOV PET scanner “for biomedical research”. However, due to its lower sensitivity and high examination cost it is not suitable for screening and, therefore, cannot save many lives. The 3D-CBS invention requires 1/10 the cost of the EXPLORER and has the goal to achieve a significant reduction in cancer deaths and cost as well as to provide a powerful tool “for biomedical research ...”. The presentation will provide an overview of the 3D-CBS compared to the EXPLORER, present some of the design concepts and trade- offs, analyze why we have not achieved a substantial reduction in cancer deaths during the past 50 years and what it takes to achieve that goal and will invite community feedback.