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Feb 25, 2011

$200 Handheld Scanner Detects Cancer in Just One Hour

You can just imagine how agonizing the wait for cancer scan results must be. Scientists have shortened the time dramatically with this hugely-accurate bedside-scanner, which requires just a needle-full of tissue sample—and an iPhone app to read the results on.

The scientists, from Harvard University andMassachusetts Institute of Technology, developed the nuclear magnetic resonancescanner which uses antibodies and magnetic particles to identify cancerous cells. So far, the results have been impressively accurate at 96 per cent.

The usual method of diagnosing cancer only has an 84 per cent accuracy rate, which is mindbogglingly scary. Those poor people who get misdiagnosed—either with positive or negative readings! No-one can imagine the pain they must go through.

But suddenly, we're entering a period where cancer can be detected using a few components and an iPhone. An iPhone, which didn't even exist five years ago. Of course, in an ideal world cancer wouldn't exist—but if we can hammer the cost down and make this technology readily available to everyone, regular home-tests would save a lot of heartache for everyone involved.
 
 

21 comments:

Linksss said...

gonna have to get me one of these..no there is an app for everything

lefthandedstraw said...

not sure that i would trust that. cancer is a life/death disease and should be checked for accuracy in the hospital.

Candlej- said...

thats pretty outrageous, who is the company developing this for the iphone?

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ein said...

sound too good, hope it working

DC said...

I hope this actually works... Wonder when it will become mainstream and hit the market...

Dwrek said...

If I can get my hands on one of these I can make sure the people that come in contact with me dont have cancer.


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meandmythinkingcap said...

wouldnt AIDS detector be more wonderful?

Alixander said...

Wow. That's awesome.

Kan Gebeuren said...

Nice, I think...

Lendo Khar said...

Is that true? I want to believe. If that works the prize tag, doesn't seem important.

Zakk said...

I don't believe it, but it could be cool if real. glad I'm following you.

sildude said...

Yeaaa thats not gonna work.

Doo said...

It would be cool if it really worked :)

lovebloggin said...

cool stuff, keep it up!

PiratesLoveVikings said...

Wow, that is insane! I would be afraid to use it.

UncommissionedArt said...

Wow, there really is an app for everything...

Thatoneguy said...

Very odd invention to say the least.

Salman A said...

Pretty crazy invention. Surely someone really concerned about Cancer would not use this. Great post though, thanks for sharing!

Joe Somebody said...

Where to I put money in for stock. This is a gold mine.

Nathan King said...

Finally something worth getting an iphone for! XD

I kid I kid :p

Drackar said...

That's bloody good news.