Early breast cancer detection is crucial because at early stages it can be treated and millions of women can survive. Women with the earliest detection have more treatment options and the best treatment results. Scientists from most developed countries are working hard for developing precise methods detecting breast cancer at very early stages. In 2015 some clinical trials started on new technology that could revolutionize breast cancer screening. Compared with mammography and breast ultrasound, this magic system can be used by women at home. Newly developed breast cancer detection with high-tech bra has potentially life-saving information transmitted to personal computer or mobile.
Breast cancer detection bra
Scientists are very optimistic about new breast cancer detection method which can be considered as revolution in breast cancer diagnosis ay very early stages. Most probably this experimental technology could help thousands of women and doctors screen for breast cancer in a new way – with so called “iTBra”.
Breast cancer detection with high-tech bra
iTBra consists of two wearable, comfortable intelligent breast patches which detect circadian temperature changes within breast tissue. Through computer or mobile whole information sent to special laboratory for analysis and predictions. Once the data is submitted, experts can deliver accurate reproducible and automated results to health care providers automatically and within minutes.
iTBra is comfortable, discreet intelligent system inserted into the bra – it is empowering women to perform their monthly breast self-exam in absolute privacy at home. Scientists believe that iTBra may also offer advantages for women with denser breast tissue, which can be more difficult to image using traditional mammography.
“The heat changes correlate to the accelerated cell activity associated with breast tumors. The results are then processed using sophisticated algorithms and transmitted to smartphone. Patches can be worn inside any normal bra. It’s a wearable device with a number of sensors that check what happens with your circadian patterns of heat change on your breast over time. You wear the device for a few hours, and that information is automatically communicated to your physician”.
Rob Royea, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cyrcadia Health, Inc.
Clinical trial is already started in El Camino Hospital (hospital of Silicon Valley, USA). The goal is to identify optical convenient system which can produce accurate readings in roughly two hours. Wearing the iTBra for few hours is a comfortable way to have highly accurate monthly breast self- exam.
“An ideal breast cancer screening test would catch the cancer when it’s smaller and easier to treat.”
Sila Yitta, M.D., El Camino Hospital.
Breast cancer detection with high-tech bra would be the first to combine fashion and science. Actually after certain period of time of using iTBra, women can see different lights identifying certain breast tissue conditions. Green light means no problem, yellow light means there is a need to perform another diagnostic test, while red light cautions the wearer that urgent medical exam is needed.
While clinical trials are on-going, several health experts already start discussion. Some mentioned that the technique is not a reliable stand-alone screening tool.
Dr. Deanna J. Attai
“Obviously, without more details regarding the technology and studies, we can’t come to any conclusions about the latest version of the cancer-detecting bra. Detecting differences in temperature is touted by those who believe thermography technology can detect changes much earlier than standard screening. But the sensitivity and specificity are too low for it to be of use for general population screening. I’ve also in 21 years of practice never seen a thermogram report that didn’t recommend correlation with mammogram, ultrasound and/or MRI, clinical correlation, and six-month thermography follow up.”
Dr. Deanna J. Attai, Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.