A new device, an “electronic skin,” can replicate the feel and look of malignant breast lumps. A doctor, performing a breast exam via fingers, will not usually detect a mass unless it is 21 millimeters.
Imaging devices are either expensive or imperfect. The electronic skin is made out of polymers and nanoparticles that can “feel” and produce images of small objects.
Researchers embedded lumpy objects into some silicone to mimic a breast. They pressed the skin against the silicone using the same amount of pressure that a doctor would for a manual breast exam. The experimental lumps ranged from five millimeters to 20 mm, and the researchers were able to image them.
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