Ms Fiaschetti carried out a 3 month research project as part of her second level degree in Biomedical Engineering, from the University of Rome 'La Sapienza', Italy. The project was entitled “Development of Multimodality Complex Anthropomorphic Breast Phantoms for Verification of Systems Accuracy and Reproducibility” and was carried out in both the Antenna & Frequency Research Centre and the Focas Institute. As part of this project Ms Fiaschetti developed a range of tissue mimicking materials which replicated breast tissue, primarily for microwave imaging but also tweaked them for a range of conventional multimodality imaging techniques.
Following the development of these materials she characterised each of these materials in terms of their dielectric, acoustic, Magnetic Resonance relaxation and linear X-ray attenuation properties, to determine their suitability for the different conventional imaging techniques. She developed two types of 3D anthropomorphic breast phantoms, one with a simple mammary fat and fibroglandular interface and the other with a more representative complex fat and fibroglandular interface. Once these 3D anthropomorphic breast phantoms were built Ms Fiaschetti worked with the medical physicist in the local hospital in order to obtain images and 3D datasets of both phantoms with Ultrasound Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, X-ray mammography and X-ray Computerised Tomography.