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Souped-Up Sports Bra Could Be The Best Breast Cancer Scanner

Cancer is easier to defeat the earlier it’s detected, but getting a weekly mammogram is impractical. First Warning Systems has a new smart sports bra that could be just as effective as mammograms at early detections — and it has the potential to revolutionise screenings.

Using extremely precise sensors, the bra will be able to measure and monitor tiny changes in cell temperature over time caused by new blood vessel growth that’s associated with the onset of cancerous tumours. This data is then processed by a piece of proprietary software that uses a custom algorithm to study the temperature changes and look for signs that a tumour is present and growing.

While it sounds like a concept that’s years away from becoming a reality, the device has already undergone testing for sensitivity and accuracy in three clinical trials with 650 women. Early results show that it’s able to detect signs of cancer growth as much as six years before more common imaging systems can. If an upcoming final clinical trial yields similar positive results, the bra could be commercialised as early as next year, pending regulatory approval. [First Warning Systems via Medgadget via MedCity News]