New Technology to Help Screen Women for Breast Cancer

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

Doctors at Michigan State University's Department of Surgery and researchers at the College of Engineering are developing a robotic arm.

The arm will be used to screen women who live in rural areas. Women will be able to go to a smaller clinic in their area and have both a clinical breast exam and a mammogram done with the help of this new technology and the Internet.

Sensors on the robotic hand will send impulses back to the doctor so they can feel for lumps in the breast tissue. Also the robotic hand will relay ultrasound images to the doctor. Having both exams done at the same time will decrease the chance of missing a tumor.

The device is still under development.


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