“This is a very clever device that can save lives around the world,” James Dyson, Inventor himself.
A group of Canadian developers have presented an early prototype of a portable scanner that will help doctors quickly diagnose skin cancer, without the need for expensive tests. The group, from the Canadian McMaster University, won the prestigious James Dyson award, after presenting a working prototype of the scanner of skin cancer.
According to team member Rotimi Fadia, the device is still at a very early stage of development, and the current prototype is not yet sufficiently sensitive to detect cancer. However, Fadia is confident that, due to proposed modifications and improvements by his team, future models will be finalized so that they will have the potential to save lives. The device’s creators state that the cost of the first devices will be around 40,000 dollars, with the scanner being given the name sKan .
The idea behind the device is based upon the fact that cancer lesions heat up faster than does healthy skin or birthmarks or birthmarks, so the detection of an area on the skin that shows a higher temperature than the skin that surrounds it, my be the indication of the presence of cancerous cells. “This is because cancer cells grow and divide faster than normal cells, which gives them a higher metabolic rate,” says Dr. Raymond Wong, chairman of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Dispensary group at the Cancer Center of Ontario, USA. He is also a mentor and consultant to this particular project.
The final cost of the device will be significantly less than the amount quoted for the initial run of devices, as production techniques and process are refined, and, with the funding from the James Dyson Foundation win, developers hope to create a faster, more accurate scanner. The first examples are due to be available at some time in 2018.