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Thailand Advancing Breast Cancer Detection

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Through a collaborative effort involving the National Metal and Materials Technology Centre (MTEC), the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), the Department of Radiology at the Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, and an engineering and technical service company, significant achievements have been unveiled in breast cancer detection and prediction.

These accomplishments encompass a pioneering breast simulation platform, designed to augment diagnostic accuracy via ultrasound-guided biopsy, with the platform serving as an educational tool to empower individuals interested in honing these skills, thereby showcasing the collective strength of diverse expertise working towards a common goal.

Breast cancer prognosis is intertwined with the critical factor of early detection, where the chances of successful treatment approach the threshold of 100% at the initial stages. It underscores the pivotal role that comprehensive screening methodologies, encompassing ultrasound, biopsy, and mammography, play in breast cancer management. These screening techniques collectively contribute to the timely identification of anomalies, enabling prompt intervention and, consequently, better patient outcomes.

Biopsies are pivotal for treatment planning and prognosis, offering essential insights through meticulous examination of tissue samples, enabling informed decisions for personalised treatment strategies. Aiming to refine ultrasound-guided breast biopsies, a breast simulation platform provides realistic imaging and needle procedures, enhancing proficiency. Through specialised gel mirroring tissue properties and 3D-printed resin-simulating skin, this innovation offers an immersive learning experience resembling actual clinical practice.

As this collaborative endeavour yields promising outcomes, it also paves the way for future developments and aspirations. One notable trajectory involves transferring this technology to local entrepreneurs, catalysing the production of training equipment for ultrasound diagnosis skills nationwide. This move fosters self-sufficiency and reduces dependence on imported solutions, contributing to advancing the domestic medical technology landscape.

The platform offers precise imaging of breast lumps and needle punctures, enhancing understanding and skills. Its design emphasises reusability by erasing needle marks after each session, promoting sustainability and cost-effective training for medical professionals. It ensures repeated practice opportunities and reduces the need for excessive resources.

Integrating real-time feedback and adjustable difficulty levels further tailors the learning experience, accommodating learners at various stages of expertise. By bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and hands-on proficiency, the breast simulation platform plays a pivotal role in shaping confident and competent practitioners in the field of breast diagnostics.

Looking ahead, the potential of this innovative platform extends beyond its current applications. The collaborative triumvirate of MTEC, Ramathibodi Hospital’s Faculty of Medicine, and the engineering and technical service company envisions a future characterised by transformative advancements and far-reaching impact.

As technology evolves, this platform could serve as a foundation for simulating a broader range of medical procedures, fostering expertise in various specialities. The synergy between medical institutions and technological pioneers could create a versatile simulation ecosystem that benefits training and contributes to refining and accelerating medical research. Moreover, the platform’s success paves the way for international partnerships, allowing the exchange of knowledge and expertise on a global scale.

Ultimately, this endeavour signifies a remarkable stride toward revolutionising medical education, patient care, and healthcare practices. Through their collaborative efforts, these pioneers have set in motion a transformative wave that promises to amplify the impact of healthcare training, elevating diagnostic practices.


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