This New Type of Pressure Sensor Will Detect Tumors by Touch

By: Malika Renee Butss - Jan 28, 2016
References: nature & fastcodesign
Dr. Sungwon Lee and Professor Takao Someya of the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Engineering have developed a new pressure sensor which is thin and resilient enough to fit into a glove. These gloves supercharge the sense of touch allowing wearers to detect cancer very early on.

While getting a regular doctor's exam is a very effective way to catch early signs of breast cancer, the telltale hardness of a tumor is easy to miss when rubber surgical gloves are used. To combat this inconvenience, Dr. Sungwon Lee and Professor Takao Someya have created pressure sensors using organic transistors made of carbon nanontubes, graphene, carbon, and oxygen. These sensors can mold to the human hand and posses one fifth the thickness of a human hair strand.

Outfitted with the right software, these sensors could be used in lieu of surgical gloves to help doctors detect tumors by touch alone.