Diamond could be best friend for early breast cancer detection

Diamond could be best friend for early breast cancer detection

A tiny diamond could be the key to detecting breast cancer more quickly, according to a new collaboration of researchers.

The consortium, part funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and led by De Montford University Leicester (DMU) and the University of Nottingham, aims to develop and improve sensor technologies for liquid biopsy - using molecular markers in blood or other bodily fluids to detect disease.

A tiny diamond is at the heart of the tech, which would also allow for non-invasive tests for patients.

The most common diagnostic technique currently is an MRI scan, but this new innovative technique will be low-cost, portable and minimally invasive to patients.

UKRI’s Science and Technology Facilities Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Council and Cancer Research UK have joined forces for another round of funding for the project, this time on the theme of artificial intelligence in clinical image analysis.

Further information

For more information on the technique and the consortium behind it, visit the DMU website.

Applications will be taken from Thursday (November 1) with a deadline of November 28, and more information is available online.