A team at the University of Bristol has developed a groundbreaking robot named the “manipulator,” designed to play a pivotal role in the early detection of breast cancer.
This innovative device was meticulously crafted using a 3D printer and underwent rigorous testing involving simulated experiments with a silicone breast.
One of the primary applications of this remarkable robot is its ability to accurately detect breast lumps, offering promising potential in transforming the landscape of clinical breast examinations.
The technology could pave the way for more accessible breast examinations, with the possibility of conducting them in local pharmacies and similar settings.
George Jenkinson, the lead author of the project, expressed his optimism, stating, “We hope that in the future, this could be a real asset in diagnosing cancers early.
There have been previous attempts to leverage technology to enhance these examinations, but the introduction of a robot or electronic device capable of physically sensing breast tissue could mark a revolutionary breakthrough.”
He continued, “Our research aims to identify broader patterns that could contribute to the early diagnosis of breast cancer.
The ultimate goal is for this device and its sensors to possess the capability to detect lumps with higher accuracy and at deeper levels than what can be achieved through human touch alone.”