MSE Research Project Database

Breast density: Estimating a woman's risk of breast cancer

Project Leader: Vijayaraghavan Rajagopal
Staff: maciej, kubicki
Collaborators: Kara Britt (Peter Mac), Kate Moodie (Peter Mac)
Primary Contact: Vijay Rajagopal (
Keywords: biomechanics; finite element modelling; medical image analysis
Disciplines: Biomedical Engineering,Mechanical Engineering
Domains: Convergence of engineering and IT with the life sciences

We are leaders in breast tissue mechanics measurement and computational simulation with over 10 years of experience and many leading publications in the field. Our aim is to use our expertise in breast tissue mechanics to develop innovative solutions for clinicians in breast cancer management and diagnosis.

We are collaborating with Dr Kate Moodie and Dr. Kara Britt at the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre to develop new ways to estimate risk of breast cancer through estimation of breast density - an x-ray mammogram based measure of the amount of non-fatty tissue in the breast.

We are looking for highly motivated PhD students to join our team with interests in tissue biomechanics and an aptitude for one or several of the following: device design and instrumentation, theoretical and applied mechanics, computational biomechanics. The project has a strong clinical translation focus with a goal to develop new technologies that will be used to help assess women's risk of breast cancer at radiology clinics.