Wearable ultrasound scanner could reveal early stage cancer

October 22, 2023

Aiming at improving the overall survival rate and outcomes for breast cancer patients,  U.S. National Science Foundation supported the device designed by the  MIT researchers, that could enable people to identify cancer lesions in early stages, especially those that could develop breast cancer in between regularly scheduled mammograms. 

The imaging device is a wearable patch attached to a bra, allowing the patient to observe the breast tissue as the ultrasound tracker moves along the patch and captures the tissue from distinct viewpoints with resolution comparable to the one existing in ordinary ultrasound probes. 

"We changed the form factor of the ultrasound technology so that it can be used in your home. It's portable and easy to use, and provides real-time, user-friendly monitoring of breast tissue," says Canan Dagdeviren, senior author of the study, which appears in Science Advances.

SOURCE: https://new.nsf.gov/news/wearable-ultrasound-scanner-could-detect-breast