This bra hopes to save lives through detecting early signs of breast cancer.
Called Eva, the bra uses tactile biosensors to map the surface of each breast and monitor changes in the colour, texture and temperature, including heat and texture.
The idea behind the bra came from student, Julián Ríos Cantú after his mother went through a double mastectomy. Cantú explains that changes in thermal conductivity act as a major sign of cancer because this indicates blood from which could indicate the blood vessels are feeding cancerous cells. And the more blood flow, the higher the temperature.
The data is then analysed by algorithms and neural networks which identify and categorise abnormal temperature and other cellular patterns.
He designed the bra to aid woman combat breast cancer through possible early detection. Cantú and his team hope that the bra will deliver more accurate results then a breast self-exam and be more comfortable than a mammogram.
Eva is also known as the auto-exploration bra and is still in the prototype stage. This is because the technological method of detecting early signs of breast cancer remains untested. The Eva invention needs to undergo several studies before it’s available to the public to test and try.
Cantú’s innovation earned him the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur awards in Frankfurt, Germany.
Eva is competing with a similar smart bra creation called iTBra which was designed last year by Cyrcadia Health and is currently undergoing trials.
According to CANCA with 1.7 million women diagnosed with breast cancer it is the second most commonly diagnosed disease worldwide. Early detection of the condition can lead to effective treatment and a positive prognosis. About 90 percent of patients survive for many years after diagnosis when breast cancer is detected at the early stages.
It’s a wonderful time we live in with medical tech advancements like Eva that could ultimately detect early sign of cancer and ultimately save lives.
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