Electronic skin to detect breast cancer better

Sep 13, 2014, 06:30 IST | Agencies

Scientists, including an Indian-origin researcher, made the skin out of nanoparticles and polymers that can detect, feel and capture images of small objects

New York: Detecting breast cancer at an early stage is crucial to saving lives and it might now be easier to do so, as researchers have developed ‘electronic skin’ that ‘feels’ and captures images of small lumps that fingers can miss and mammography cannot trace.

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Current testing methods, including MRI and ultrasound scans, are sensitive but expensive, and mammography may not be perfect when it comes to testing young women or women with dense breast tissue.

The researchers, including an Indian-origin scientist, made the electronic skin out of nanoparticles and polymers. “Early diagnosis of breast cancer, the most common type of cancer among women, can help save lives,” said Ravi Saraf from University of Nebraska.

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