Canan Dagdeviren, a post-doctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and one of MIT Technology Review’s 2015 list of 35 Innovators under 35, has created a flexible sensor which can detect anomalies in the skin.
MIT-based Turkish scientist Canan Dagdeviren has developed a sensor which tracks changes in the quality of a person’s skin that are too subtle for a dermatologist to observe with the naked eye.
The sensor, powered by a mini battery, is very easy to use. It is embedded in a piece of transparent flexible rubber, a sort of small patch which can be stuck on a given area on the skin and taken off as many times as required. The sensor, which analyses variations in skin density with great precision, has two major medical applications: 1) helping to detect skin cancers early; and 2) improving analytical methods so as to avoid inappropriate interventions, such as conducting unnecessary biopsies.
Self-powering sensors developed by MIT researcher Canan Dagdeviren