Improving mechanical breast compression in mammography (Video) Event as iCalendar


19 April 2016

4 - 5pm

Venue: Ground Floor Seminar Room (G10)

Location: 70 Symonds St, Auckland Central

Portrait of Dr Woutjan Branderhorst

An ABI seminar by Dr Woutjan Branderhorst, visiting scientist at Volpara Solutions.


Mammography is an effective tool for early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer and has notably reduced the mortality from this disease. The imaging of fine mammographic details is improved if the breast is mechanically compressed during the x-ray exposure. However, breast compression is associated with discomfort or even pain in a considerable proportion of women. In our group we study the effects of various mechanical breast compression parameters on the experience of the woman. Our goal is to develop new methods and devices that help standardizing and improving the procedure of breast compression in mammography. This seminar will be focused on two aspects of breast compression: the applied compression pressure and the (im)balance of the applied compression forces.


Woutjan Branderhorst obtained a MSc degree in computer science from Eindhoven University of Technology and a PhD degree in medical imaging from the UMC Utrecht (Image Sciences Institute.) Under supervision of Professor Freek J. Beekman and Professor Max A. Viergever, he has worked on medical imaging device development and validation, resulting in his PhD thesis "Focused multi-pinhole SPECT". From 2011, he has worked on mammographic breast compression as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Professor Kees Grimbergen and Professor Ard den Heeten, and for the past six months as a visiting scientist at Volpara Solutions in Wellington.