EPFL develops ‘SmartBra’ for early detection of cancer cells

EPFL develops ‘SmartBra’ for early detection of cancer cells
The Siliconreview
06 April, 2020

Since the advent of technology, the outlook of breast cancer is changing. Thanks to earlier detection and awareness, but still women are facing this life-ending problem. Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a novel technology to help detect the tumour at its earlier stages.

EPFL students teamed up with a startup IcosaMed to develop a smartBra using smart-clothing technology. As the official EPFL website notes, the SmartBra uses a non-invasive, painless method based on frequent ultrasound monitoring for detection.

Talking about this amazing technology, the piezoelectric material makes the clothing comfortable to wear, and this smart-clothing emits ultrasound waves to perform echography scans for potentially cancerous cells. If the SmartBra detects a suspicious mass of cells, the wearer will be instantly warned.

The researchers are planning to bring the SmartBra to women in 2021. It will be initially sold to those diagnosed with cancer for routine monitoring, followed by those women who are predisposed to cancer.