A company from Nevada, USA, has created a bra that examines the breasts and identifies cancerous tumors.
The bra created by First Warning Systems (FWS) has integrated sensors in both cups that detect variations in temperature on the surface of the breasts that can signal the growth of tumors.
According to specialists these variations appear in after the dilatation of the blood-vessels that appear in order to supply the cancerous tissue. The company explains that the fact that these vessels expel heat at a different level than the normal, thus permitting the identification of a tumor with many years before it is visible on a Mammography or MRI.
Monitoring procedures are non-invasive, and the data obtained and transmitted via wireless to a computer or mobile device and can be uploaded on the internet for analysis.
For now, the product has passed 3 clinical tests, involving 650 participants with different ages. Results show that the bra can identify tumors with a precision of 90%, thus being more precise than a traditional Mammography. FWS plans to put the bra on the market in Europe in 2013 and in 2014 in the USA. Details regarding the cost of such a bra are still unknown.