A neural sensor for early-stage cancer detection

Project Summary

The future of medicine lies in the continuous monitoring of our health: being able to intercept diseases early on. This is possible by building frugal health devices which can be used by everyone at home. Our team seek to use this approach for early detection of certain types of cancer. The existing early-cancer diagnostic techniques, such as mammography for breast cancer, are based on seasonal checkup and costly time-consuming screenings. We are aiming to create cheap and easy-to-use probes which can continuously monitor tumor development. The hardware for this project constitutes a microelectrode connected to a microcontroller in an integrated circuit shown in Fig 1 and Fig 2. The primary biological resources for testing will be artificial biological systems, intended to test and refine the idea. The ultimate aim is to develop a reliable and accurate detection tool for cancer.