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11. 23. 2011

Doctors testing portable breast cancer detector

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A university in Japan has begun to test a new portable device, which could bring breast cancer detection to those without access to doctors and hospitals.

Doctors and researchers at Nihon University are currently working on the medical device, which uses what's known as the phase shift method. This means that light is emitted and then bounced back and measured accordingly. The darker an area then appears in the results, the more chance of complications in the future. So, it's a pretty good method for identifying problems without having to visit a hospital for an initial test.

Although those working on the device at Nihon University displayed it at a healthcare trade show in Germany a few weeks ago, it's unfortunately still in the very early stages of development and according to Gizmodo, it's still being tested on animals to see how reliable the results it provides us with really are. However, let's hope this kind of portable cancer detection system isn't too far off in the distant future as it'd be a ground-breaking way for those who can't get to medical facilities to check themselves, or just a new method of allowing everyone to detect any serious problems as early as possible.

[Via Gizmodo]

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