Election to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. Paul Dayton has just been awarded that distinction for his work with high-resolution, non-invasive ultrasound technology that uses sound to detect cancer by taking advantage of the unusual bendiness, or tortuosity, of blood vessels supplying tumors. In one of these novel technologies, called “acoustic angiography,” researchers bounce sound waves off microbubbles that are flowing through the blood vessels. Those sound waves can be distinctly interpreted and translated into images, which show differences between healthy and cancerous tissue.
The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers and membership honors those who have made “outstanding contributions to engineering and medical research, practice, or education” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of medical and biological engineering, or developing /implementing innovative approaches to bioengineering education.
You can read more about UNC’s AIMBE electees at UNC News.