“We have pioneered a way to use ultrasound to assess the elasticity of tissues such as the heart, the vessels, and tumors in the breast and pancreas,” says Konofagou. “We use the intrinsic movement of the organ, or the movement induced by the acoustic wave, to detect the elasticity.”
As part of the School’s 150th anniversary closing celebration, faculty duos showcase 15 pairs of Columbia Engineering's technology innovations -- past and present -- in three minute presentations. Each group is introduced by Professor Andreas Hielscher, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Radiology.
“Be it Hollerith’s inventions of a tabulating machine and punch cards that advanced counting and computing (including the foundation of IBM), Elmer Gaden’s work on mass production of antibiotics, William Parsons construction of the first New York City subway line (No. 1 Broadway Line), or Edwin Howard Armstrong’s invention of the FM radio—we all are still affected today by their work performed over 60 years ago.” Professor Andreas Hielscher