The healthcare industry has been advancing significantly in recent years with remote monitoring technology and mobile health tools revolutionizing the field and deviating from the standard type of treatment and diagnosis. For instance, wearable technology is becoming a new method of diagnosing disease.
One team of scientists from the National University of Columbia in the School of Electric Technology has created a novel brassiere capable of detecting breast cancer through the use of infrared technology, the Tech Times reports. The wearable tool can measure temperature changes and determine whether any abnormalities have occurred.
Cancer can be diagnosed in its earliest stages through this infrared wearable technology since cancerous cells attract a higher proportion of the blood supply and, thereby, increase the temperature of the skin.
The researchers emphasized that this new tool does not replace the opinion and diagnostic procedures of a physician, but instead supplements the knowledge and capabilities of clinicians.
“We don’t want to replace a doctor’s job. The idea is to develop a technique that will help with detection,” the researcher Maria Jaramillo stated. “It also keeps a record of temperatures, so doctors have a number of readings to consult.”
Researchers followed a total of 189 women within the clinical trial, which included a set group of healthy subjects and patients diagnosed with breast cancer. The way this particular bra detects breast cancer and warns women of any potential issues is by providing a green light for no problem, a yellow light stating that an additional test is needed, and a red light warning women that a physical exam given by a doctor will be necessary.
“When there is presence of foreign cells in mammary glands, the body requires more circulation and blood flow in the specific part where the invasive cells are found, so the temperature of this body increases,” Maria Camila Cortes Arcila, a Colombia National University student working on the wearable technology, told the news source.
“When you have cells in your mammary glands that are anomalous, the body needs to send more blood to that specific part of the body, and the temperature of this organ increases,” Camila told the publication Fusion.
The researchers expect that this particular device will soon be mass-produced and available to women across the globe, according to Inquisitr. Early detection of breast cancer is essential and will ensure that most women’s lives are saved. More than 230,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, but the rate of mortality has decreased in recent years due to a greater emphasis on early diagnosis.
With 1 in 8 women diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime, it grows more imperative than ever to ensure that new technologies can be used to detect the disease earlier in order to save lives.