The bra, developed by the 18 year old’s own company Higia Technologies, comes equipped with around 200 biosensors that map the surface of the breasts and monitor them for changes in temperature, shape and weight.
The engineering student said the sensors send data to an application or computer which monitor for changes including more blood flow, which could indicate blood vessels are “feeding” a cancer.
“As soon as there is a malformation in the breast or a tumor, there is an over-vascularization; so the more [flow of] blood, the higher the temperature,” he said.
The bra was created after Rios Cantu witnessed his own mother repeatedly battle breast cancer, before having both breasts removed. EVA provides a less aggressive and painful alternative to mammograms, in which the breast is X-rayed using ionizing radiations.
A study published in the British Medical Journal found that mammograms can assist in the spread of cancer cells to other parts of the body.
Breastcancer.org dismissed concerns over radiation levels, saying the level of radiation is less than that of a standard chest X-ray.