Improving liver disease diagnostics with elastography ultrasound

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Globalink Research Intern from Université de Montréal will make detection of fatty liver disease easier for clinicians.

Samuel Hybois.Samuel Hybois, a Globalink Research Intern at Université de Montréal, will make detection of fatty liver disease easier for clinicians.


He began his undergraduate career interested in all areas of engineering; however, a class project piqued his interest in biomedical engineering.

His home program at École des Mines de Nancy (Université de Lorraine) in France requires each student to complete an internship, and the university had forwarded information about the Globalink Research Internship. Several projects in biomedical engineering appealed to Samuel, and he was eventually matched with a Université de Montréal radiology project, where he worked in the Laboratory of Biorheology and Medical Ultrasonics.

Samuel's project focuses on ultrasound detection of fatty liver disease (FLD). The disease can present as a result of factors such as obesity, diabetes, or alcohol consumption. Although patients with FLD don't usually have symptoms, the disease can be fatal, making timely diagnosis critical. “Fat in the liver creates specific fibres, which change the organ's elasticity,” Samuel says. “The change in elasticity may be measured by ultrasound elastography.”

In his project, Samuel and his supervisor are working on a new elastography technique that will measure both the elasticity and viscosity of the liver. The dual measurements will make accurate FLD diagnoses easier for clinicians and less invasive for patients.

In the short term, Samuel plans to continue his biomedical engineering studies. He's been accepted to a master's program and is thinking about pursuing a PhD at home or abroad. “I hadn't previously thought about studying in Canada, but my experiences here and support from the Globalink Graduate Fellowship have me considering it. Canadian universities have good funding and research opportunities.”

For now, he's enjoying his time in Montreal as a Globalink Research Intern. “I'd never been to North America before, and it has been great. Between the activities offered to us and the active Globalink Facebook group, I am meeting people from around the world.”

Mitacs would like to thank Industry Canada, the Governments of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan, and Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies. Mitacs is pleased to work with international partners to support Globalink, including Brazil's le Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, the China Scholarship Council, Campus France, India's Ministry of Human Resource Development, Mexico's Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Education.





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