Houston: An 18-year-old man in Mexico has developed a ‘smart’ bra integrated with sensors that can detect early signs of breast cancer, an advance that could save millions of lives.
The bra, developed by Julian Rios Cantu, has to be worn for only an hour a week, so it does not interfere with daily life.
It has 200 sensors that map the surface of the breast as well as texture, colour and temperature, and relay the data to a computer or smartphone app.
The data is then processed by artificial intelligence. Heat sensors are able to detect blood flow, which often suggests that blood is feeding cancer cells.
Rios Cantu was inspired to invent it after his mother’s breast cancer resulted in removal of her breasts after years battling the disease, The Telegraph reported.
“EVA is a network of biosensors that covers the woman’s breast, takes the temperature data, analyses them, and sends the information to an application or any computer,” Rious Cantu said.
Detecting breast cancer early is crucial for treatment but often relies on self-examination.