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New tech could let your cell phone scan for cancer

Posted: , by Michael H.

New tech could let your cell phone scan for cancer
This is one of those innovations that has pretty profound possibilities, although because of various concerns, maybe not too many possibilities in the consumer sector. A team at the University of Texas - Dallas has found a way to create an imager chip that can see through just about anything. 

The new chip, designed at the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE), uses the tetrahertz spectrum in the electromagnetic field to allow capture of images. The tetrahertz spectrum lies between microwaves and infrared on the electromagnetic spectrum, and has been most notably used in TSA Body Scanners. The waves could allow imaging chips to see through walls, but because of privacy concerns, the team has limited the effective range to about 4 inches. 

Ideally, the team would like to see this technology adopted in the medical field for its use in detecting cancer, or possible use in the consumer space in things like construction. The process that the team has created allows for the creation of CMOS chips, pretty standard in consumer electronics, which can use the tetrahertz spectrum. This would greatly lower the cost of creating these types of imagers (TSA Body Scanners are said to cost upwards of $150,000) and placing them in smaller, more mobile devices allow for easier use. 

Of course, there have been claims that tetrahertz radiation could possibly destroy human DNA, but the research isn't really complete on that just yet. 

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posted on 24 Apr 2012, 14:49 1

1. GuiltyBystander (Posts: 199; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

You gotta love technology.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 15:03

2. CivicSi89 (Posts: 349; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)

Agreed. Thats pretty freakin cool

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 15:03

3. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

How about one that can give you an MRI just by taking a photo? That would sell by the bucket loads, athletes would love this, check for injuries that haven't revealed themselves like achilles ruptures and such.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 15:31 1

4. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 846; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

If the spectrum were nailed down just right, I'm sure they could get it to penetrate just right in order to image tumors or growths. This could also come in handy for EMTs that arrive on-scene of an injury so they could see the extent of the dammage in order to consider the best possible action to take regarding the injury.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 17:07

8. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

That is what they're trying to accomplish, it's not just to look at boobies through clothes.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 16:00

5. CivicSi89 (Posts: 349; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)

Oh man. can you imagine if Apple got ahold of this and ran with it? "I think i have cancer..." "Well lemme look at my phone and see!" (Iphone Auto Correct comes into effect)

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 16:37 3

6. cupcake (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)

How ironic for those who believe cell phones CAUSE cancer ...

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 17:04 1

7. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Breaking News cancer scanning phones gives you cancer. O the irony.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 17:40 2

9. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

What iPhone owners need is a brain damage scanner. LOL!!!

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 19:34

10. master0fursinz (Posts: 104; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)

Wow... I can imagine this out in the real world, it would be like "Wow that dude face planted hard, lets go use our phones to check if he's got brain damage.. Nope its just cancer.."

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 21:44

11. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

So now the thing that gives me cancer can tell me that I have cancer...

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 09:02

12. quryous (banned) (Posts: 106; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

I can just see the gov'ment locking up anything even approaching this technology. Can't have it, "Its a MEDICAL Device. Go see your doctor."

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 13:31

13. mrfamous1 (Posts: 27; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


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