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Prototype Scanner Detects Cancer In Under 1 Hour 53

Ian Lamont writes "Researchers at Stanford say they have developed a blood scanner that can search for cancer-associated proteins in a blood sample and returns results in less than an hour. The device looks in a blood sample for cancerous proteins, and attempts to match them up with complementary proteins using chips based on magnetic nanotechnology. One of the researchers says the device could potentially help doctors identify lung cancer, ovarian cancer and pancreatic cancer at an early stage. The device still has to undergo clinical testing and trials before it can win regulatory approval."
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Prototype Scanner Detects Cancer In Under 1 Hour

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  • Cancer Joke (Score:2, Funny)

    by amclay ( 1356377 ) on Thursday December 04, 2008 @05:09PM (#25994417) Homepage Journal
    Doctor: Well, we better discuss treatment now for your testicular cancer. I recommend hormone therapy. Man: Are there any side-effects? Doctor: A few. You will have a loss of potency. You might get some hot flashes. And when lost, you will have an inexplicable urge to ask for directions. []
  • by CorporateSuit ( 1319461 ) on Thursday December 04, 2008 @05:24PM (#25994619)

    I don't see this being useful for detecting breast... tumors

    That's what hands are for. (Preferrably my hands)

  • by Chris Burke ( 6130 ) on Thursday December 04, 2008 @05:24PM (#25994635) Homepage

    Not only did I invent a device which would correctly diagnose cancer 99.999% of the time, not only did it work in only half an hour, it also didn't involve any of this expensive magnetic nanotechnology la-dee-dah. Plus the device was so ridiculously simple anybody could use it, which you'll see once I describe the device itself.

    Basically it's a big box, kinda like a front-loading washing machine. In front of the box is the scanning aperture. On top of the box is a single button labeled "Detect Cancer". You stand in front of the scanning aperture, and you hit the button. Over the next half hour, the box scans you with very high levels of x-rays. Once the scanning was done the only other feature on the top of the box, a green LED with a label that says "Cancer Detected", would light up.

    You see, so simple a child could use it! I should know, too, because I had some try it out. But those bastards at the FDA brushed me off, even threatening me if I continued performing clinical trials! Even after I showed them it had the same accuracy detecting radiation burns and radiation sickness! But what do you expect from bureaucrats? More concerned with their "rules" and "regulations" than helping people. I wouldn't be surprised if this new one gets a pass because being hard to build and complicated to use they can regulate the hell out of it, even if it is inferior. :(

  • by RingDev ( 879105 ) on Thursday December 04, 2008 @05:49PM (#25994919) Homepage Journal

    No idea, but if it means I don't need the doc to stick a finger up my bumm, I'm all for it!


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