Breast cancer screening device that gives results in just 40 minutes scoops 30,000 prize from James Dyson
A household breast cancer screening device that gives reliable results in minutes has won a 30,000 prize from billionaire inventor James Dyson.
The Blue Box takes a urine sample and uses artificial intelligence to detect the early signs of breast cancer in just 40 minutes with 95 per cent accuracy.
Inventor Judit Giro Benet, 23, was designing it when her own mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
23岁的发明家朱迪特·吉罗·贝内特(Judit Giro Benet)在自己的母亲被诊断出患有乳腺癌时正在设计这款机器人。
The biomedical engineer, of Tarragona, Spain, said: ‘About 40 per cent of women skip their mammogram.
'The Blue Box has the potential to make screening part of daily life.’
The device costs just 60 to make and lets women test themselves for cancer as frequently as they like.
Results are sent directly to an app on the user’s smartphone, without the need to attend hospital.
Miss Benet’s undergraduate professor helped inspire the design by revealing that dogs can detect lung cancer by simply smelling patients’ breath.
So she designed it to process urine samples in a similar way to a dog’s scent system.
Miss Benet, who is finalising prototypes at the University of California Irvine, added:
贝内特小姐正在加州大学欧文分校(University Of California Irvine)敲定原型，她补充道：
‘Every time a woman uses the Blue Box she is feeding the artificial intelligence with data meaning the woman who comes after her gets an even better diagnosis.’
Sir James Dyson called Miss Benet himself to tell her she had beaten 1,800 candidates to the prize.
He said she had created a product that ‘could make cancer screening part of everyday life’.