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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.

Via MedGadget

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