Testing for breast cancer could soon be as easy making a trip to the pharmacy.
Currently, researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) are developing a small, sensor with which they believe will be able to test body fluids for an indication of cancer cells.
The special instrument, called an acoustic resonant sensor, is smaller in diameter than a human hair, and doesn't require the use of bulky instruments to give its findings.
In addition, the mechanism can produce almost immediate results, so patients may not have to face the anxiety of waiting several days before their biopsy results are determined.
Jae Kwon, a professor at MU who is leading the research on the breast cancer sensor, commented, "By using highly sensitive, low-signal-loss acoustic resonant sensors in a liquid, [disease-related] substances can be effectively and quickly detected."
He added, "It's a brand-new concept that will result in a noninvasive approach for breast cancer detection."
Kwon, who was awarded a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue study on the sensor, believes that the tool could eventually become a simple home-use kit, similar to a pregnancy test, that can help diagnoses various diseases.