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British research Elias Siores teaches at the University of Bolton and invented the cancer-detecting bra.
New breast cancer-detecting bra may go on sale within a couple years

Two seemingly divergent, but both rapidly growing fields are cancer diagnosis/treatment and wearable electronics.  The two, however, may soon be combining, thanks to new cancer-detecting garments.

Leading the trend is the cancer-detecting bra invented by Professor Elias Siores, director of the Centre for Research and Innovation at the University of Bolton in the United Kingdom.  Looking for novel ways to detect breast cancer, Professor Siores conceived of an electronic bra which would detect cancer at an early stage.

Since, Professor Siores has been hard at work, designing and prototyping the device and will soon begin testing his creations.  The new cancer detecting bra uses a series of microwave antennae to pick up heat changes within the breast.  Tumors demand blood flow, increasing heat in cancerous regions.  This heat change is picked up by the high-tech bra.  This technique is known as thermography.

The device uses passive microwaves, the same kind used to detect the location of submarines or pinpoint star locations.  According to the University there are no risks associated with this form of microwaves, but obvious benefits.  "If we can identify [cancer-related] transformations that emanate these heat signatures, we may be able to detect these cancers early," remarked Professor Siores.

He hopes to have a market version of the bra ready to go on sale within a couple years.  The finished version might include a visual or audio warning signal to warn users if possible cancer was detected.  The device could be used to monitor breast cancer treatment in addition to early detection.

Some are skeptical of his work.  Thermography has been around nearly 20 years, but the iteratively improved mammogram method or other more exotic methods are considered far more accurate.  At issue is the fact that a variety of other factors can raise heat in a specific region, yielding a false positive. "There are benign growths and nonmalignant inflammatory changes, which might also increase blood flow," said Anne Rosenberg, a breast surgeon at Philadelphia's Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Nonetheless, Professor Siores is forging ahead on preparing the product for market.  The university already has developed commercial partnerships with RES Ltd, Russia; Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Association (ITKIB); the Greek national health service, IKA, and the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC), and hopes to establish more in the near future.



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Sounds predictably nuts
By masher2 (blog) on 8/4/2008 4:34:35 PM , Rating: 5
Can you imagine sitting in a meeting, and hearing the message, "you've got cancer!".

Bras typically get a lot of wear and tear and don't last long. Adding extra weight to them isn't generally comfortable either. Why not build this into a separate device suitable for home use, rather than the bra form factor?




RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By Totally on 8/4/2008 4:40:40 PM , Rating: 2
I can see why according to the prototype in the title pic


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By FITCamaro on 8/4/2008 4:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
Personally I think that guy has the right idea more than this doctor.


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By eomhS on 8/4/2008 10:59:22 PM , Rating: 2
Why not STD/AID/STI detecting underpants?


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By xti on 8/5/2008 12:48:09 PM , Rating: 2
he could make a fortune off college kids:
STD Detecting draws:
This bish has herpes. GTFO NOW!!


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By JonnyDough on 8/5/2008 1:59:00 PM , Rating: 2
Probably partly because there is no disease called "AID" and no way to test for it. AIDS (the "S" stands for SYNDROME) is a result of having HIV, so they would be testing for that if they made something that could do that. Also, HIV is considered an STD - so you were also being redundant.


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By mdogs444 on 8/4/2008 4:41:44 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
Adding extra weight to them isn't generally comfortable either.

First hand knowledge Michael? jk.

Will they be building this into the Bro?


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By PhoenixKnight on 8/4/2008 11:04:17 PM , Rating: 4
Don't you mean the 'Manziere'?


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By JonnyDough on 8/5/2008 2:01:04 PM , Rating: 2
When you live by the dryer in your mom's basement I suppose you get a little curious about some of the items you see spinning in around inside the appliance. =D


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By therealnickdanger on 8/4/2008 4:44:29 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By FITCamaro on 8/4/2008 4:59:11 PM , Rating: 2
I did my part by giving a very thorough breast exam last night.


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By mdogs444 on 8/4/2008 5:01:49 PM , Rating: 5
Fit - I think the idea was to examine someone else . jk.


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By FITCamaro on 8/4/2008 6:01:03 PM , Rating: 3
Naw mine aren't big enough to take long to examine. God bless natural DDs.


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By fibreoptik on 8/4/2008 9:18:44 PM , Rating: 3
...with pepperoni nips on the end of them...


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By jgigz on 8/5/2008 6:45:39 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
God, this will be worse than when Peter did Tara Reid's boob job"


-Brian Griffin


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By JonnyDough on 8/5/2008 2:24:24 PM , Rating: 2
He did, but somehow I don't think that Jenna J on his 15" CRT t.v. and his mom fetching her clothes out of the dryer next to his bed in the basement should count.


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By FITCamaro on 8/4/2008 4:58:06 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Why not build this into a separate device suitable for home use, rather than the bra form factor?


Cancer detecting lingere. It's not on long enough for weight to become a factor. ;)

Well, depending on the outfit....


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By mdogs444 on 8/4/2008 5:03:00 PM , Rating: 2
...and the person wearing it.


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By FITCamaro on 8/4/2008 5:59:42 PM , Rating: 2
Once they're in it its kind of a mute point cause you're already gonna sleep with them. Its just a matter of how much does it cover.


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By mattclary on 8/5/2008 10:44:22 AM , Rating: 3
moot not mute! :GRRRRRRRR:


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By JustTom on 8/5/2008 10:56:39 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
moot not mute! :GRRRRRRRR:


Maybe he's using those frilly nothings as an impromptu gag...


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By JonnyDough on 8/5/2008 2:06:19 PM , Rating: 2
No, it's a MOO point. You know, it's like a cow's opinion. It just doesn't matter. It's moo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLwYpSCrlHU


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By JimmyC on 8/6/2008 12:41:03 AM , Rating: 2
You're all wrong, it's a moog point, and this is all just a rouge.

power, powpowpower, powerrrrr... POWER


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By bobcpg on 8/4/2008 5:09:56 PM , Rating: 3
BFF now is Bra Form Factor


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By Coca Cola on 8/4/2008 6:44:41 PM , Rating: 2
I guess his next undergarment would be cancer detecting briefs, he can use these http://www.futuramafan.net/bilder/ftg/ls06.jpg as inspiration
quote:
Can you imagine sitting in a meeting, and hearing the message, "you've got cancer!".


the briefs in a work environment @ :34 http://www.comedycentral.com/videos/index.jhtml?vi...

:)


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By Merry on 8/4/2008 8:42:55 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry but this guy is from Bolton Institute (only a university since erm... 2004?)

I'm pretty sure the idea isnt particularly well thought out, as Mashers says. Or even works (just a hunch).

But maybe i'm just biased. Lots of local rivalry here ;)

(i'm from Wigan btw, less than 10 miles away)


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By BruceLeet on 8/4/2008 9:12:20 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Bras typically get a lot of wear and tear and don't last long. Adding extra weight to them isn't generally comfortable either.


Very odd coming from a guy.


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By masher2 (blog) on 8/5/2008 12:50:49 AM , Rating: 2
Not when you have a wife you often buy lingerie for. You know what gets accepted and what doesn't.


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By mattclary on 8/5/2008 10:46:27 AM , Rating: 2
Not coming from a guy who has a female significant other. You learn all kinds of stuff if you pay attention.


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By foxtrot9 on 8/5/2008 12:15:43 PM , Rating: 2
Haven't you ever pledged?


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By JonnyDough on 8/5/2008 2:28:45 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe he's a drag queen on the weekends. Don't judge. =P


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By tastyratz on 8/5/2008 11:03:59 AM , Rating: 2
visual and audible warning.
Maybe it will be like some sort of a "your our millionth customer" pizazz to it. Flashing lights and a kazoo theme song.

Would make an excellent travelocity commercial. "wanna get away?"


RE: Sounds predictably nuts
By JonnyDough on 8/5/2008 2:32:52 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully they won't make a banner or the spelling police will be forced to confiscate it. "You're" = You+are. "Your" = belongs to you. Any particular reason you chose a kazoo theme song, or is it a fetish similar to the professor's that we don't want to know about but at the same time can't help speculate about?


Misleading
By joex444 on 8/4/2008 5:35:03 PM , Rating: 2
I was expecting cancer deteching underwear, as in, something you wear under pants.

This is just a silly undergarment...




RE: Misleading
By deeznuts on 8/4/2008 6:53:53 PM , Rating: 2
I know right? I came in with a joke in hand, a bad joke at that. Come to find out it's a bra, not panties or briefs that can deteck "growths"


RE: Misleading
By Smartless on 8/4/2008 7:42:02 PM , Rating: 2
Hehe so why not voice them like...

Gives new meaning to "hot flashes". or

Geez are those real? Nah I just didn't get the rechargeable bra.

Although not a laughing matter this was just itching for comments.


RE: Misleading
By fibreoptik on 8/4/2008 9:21:36 PM , Rating: 1
How come neither of you guys can spell a simple word such as "detect"?


RE: Misleading
By INeedCache on 8/5/2008 6:50:28 AM , Rating: 2
The men's underwear version will probably be like a cheap hotel - no ballroom.


RE: Misleading
By FITCamaro on 8/5/2008 9:15:35 AM , Rating: 2
Public school education at its finest.


RE: Misleading
By JustTom on 8/5/2008 11:03:16 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
by FITCamaro on August 5, 2008 at 9:15 AM Once they're in it its kind of a mute point cause you're already gonna sleep with them.


quote:
by FITCamaro on August 5, 2008 at 9:15 AM Public school education at its finest.


RE: Misleading
By JonnyDough on 8/5/2008 2:34:58 PM , Rating: 2
Deteching? If you have any good tech you're wanting to get rid of let me know. I'll take it off your hands.


Great pic!
By FITCamaro on 8/4/2008 4:55:28 PM , Rating: 2
That had me laughing for a while!




RE: Great pic!
By mdogs444 on 8/4/2008 5:04:33 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah. Looks like one of those whack jobs who only invented this so he can get his first peek at what real boobies are like.


RE: Great pic!
By FITCamaro on 8/4/2008 6:00:12 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't say it. :)


RE: Great pic!
By LatinMessiah on 8/4/2008 8:49:33 PM , Rating: 2
Kinda looks like G-man from Half-Life 2.

http://content.ytmnd.com/content/8/1/a/81a8a3a9af6...


RE: Great pic!
By FITCamaro on 8/5/2008 9:14:16 AM , Rating: 2
I was talking about the "Free Mammogram" one...


RE: Great pic!
By JonnyDough on 8/5/2008 2:38:00 PM , Rating: 2
I found the picture to be kind of dumb and tasteless, like a bad joke out of a recent Playboy Magazine. The older ones were better. I guess it's hard to come up with new material. Maybe that's one reason I don't subscribe to any porn - the other being you can find tons of it online for free and make it disappear without a fire when you're done with it.


Relieved
By kyleb2112 on 8/4/2008 4:50:13 PM , Rating: 2
I was personally hoping for a fart analysis system.
Someday...




RE: Relieved
By FDisk City on 8/4/2008 5:01:10 PM , Rating: 5
That's what girlfriends are for! I also might add the analysis is usually negative and not very helpful.


RE: Relieved
By Polynikes on 8/4/2008 11:07:39 PM , Rating: 2
Heh, that reminds me of that dirty jobs episode where he brought in dirty diapers and a machine analyzed the smell of the baby poop, then they found which specific chemical in the poop made the "poop" smell.


RE: Relieved
By JonnyDough on 8/5/2008 2:44:46 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I don't get how that is a dirty job. I would think it would be a dirty once and done, not an actual job. Why would you continually need to run that analysis?


This Guy
By foxtrot9 on 8/5/2008 12:14:02 PM , Rating: 2
This guy is def a perv - and btw this is the worst idea ever. Why can't you just make one that you keep home and just check every now and then? Do you really need to know the exact min you get cancer?




RE: This Guy
By JonnyDough on 8/5/2008 2:41:47 PM , Rating: 2
You really shouldn't judge a person based on their picture and a bad idea. The biggest crooks are those that run corporate America - and the guy that rapes you in the night might be your respectable looking female neighbor.

Furthermore, his idea (however bad you may think it is) may indeed be a bra you put on only once in awhile. This article is not THAT informative. The idea may be that if you see it in your underwear/bra drawer you might remember to give yourself a scan regularly, as many people forget or don't feel the need to go get regular checkups for things like this. Next time you post, trying giving it some thought and keeping an open mind.


RE: This Guy
By foxtrot9 on 8/6/2008 1:38:45 PM , Rating: 2
you are wrong - you should try giving some thought to your post....give me and example of one respectable woman neighbor you've ever been molested by and I'll give you 5000 guys that look like this


RE: This Guy
By foxtrot9 on 8/6/2008 1:41:03 PM , Rating: 2
And I'll judge this guy on his moronic idea whenever I damn well please, everyone else judges based on this. Have you ever had a job?


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