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[Bloomberg] Harvard Scientists Create Hand-Held Device to Detect Cancer at Bedside

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A hand-held scanner that can detect cancer at a patient’s bedside using just a speck of tissue has been created by scientists from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...t-bedside.html

$200 to manufacture. 96% accurate compared to 84% using traditional methods. Works with an iPhone app to tell you if you have cancer in under an hour.

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There's an app for that!
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This is a revolutionary invention. A single biopsy costs a lot more than this device, and this is reusable, portable, and, most importantly, has a much better detection rate. It will be a TON more useful than other detection methods because people can just check themselves every couple of months ago at home and catch cancer in its early, treatable phases. Subsequently, earlier detection will also greatly reduce the cost of cancer treatment, and, further, drive down healthcare costs. This device could singlehandedly resolve all current financial issues faced in healthcare.
Edited by mrjminer - 2/25/11 at 8:33am
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That's incredible.
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This is pretty insane, but hopefully people don't go overboard with this new technology and start becoming all cancer scared and start testing themselves every day.
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Awesome. I might need to get one of these TBH. My dad hasn't gotten 'checked' in... ever.
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This is pretty insane, but hopefully people don't go overboard with this new technology and start becoming all cancer scared and start testing themselves every day.
I doubt it, it looks like it just uses a small needle to extract a sample. I don't think people are willingly going to needle themselves everyday
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This is pretty insane, but hopefully people don't go overboard with this new technology and start becoming all cancer scared and start testing themselves every day.
nothing like creating sales over cancer scare.
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Knowing... Human nature... I doubt these will retail for 200. I suspect something like 20x markup.
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Knowing... Human nature... I doubt these will retail for 200. I suspect something like 20x markup.
lol 20,000 for one of these
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