06. 16. 2005
No, the iFind is not yet another iPod gadget, but it's a medical handheld device designed by Dr. Chance -- still in its prototype stage -- which is supposed to allow women to screen themselves for breast cancer. The iFind, previously known as the NIRScanner, has apparently about a 93% accuracy in predicting whether the testing subject has breast cancer or not. Of course it is not a full diagnostic device, but can be considered part of a breast exam.
The device measures oxygenation rather than blood volume to detect hypermetabolism -- the speedier growth rate of cancer cells. [...]
Reliance on near-infrared light makes it a safe technology as well; women can use it as frequently as they wish. [...]
The device also has a longitudinal memory, so if something suspicious is flagged, the woman can bring the device with her to her doctor who will have results from every time it has been used.