ISEF Team Member Profile – Macinley Butson – Innovation in contralateral breast shielding design for radiotherapy cancer

It’s not often that a Year 10 student carries out clinical trials on a breast cancer device, but that’s exactly what 16-year-old Macinley Butson is doing with the Breast Shield device she invented. Macinley, who hopes to study medicine and specialise as a pathologist, developed an innovative copper device that can be used as a shield for women receiving radiation treatment for breast cancer. The device, which is made from high density interwoven copper scales, protects the contralateral breast from receiving radiation doses. This would reduce the long-term cancer risks to healthy tissue from radiation treatment.


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