iBE™'s technology works by accurately identifying minute differences in tissue elasticity between hard & stiff breast cancer tumors versus normal, benign breast tissue. iBE™ was originally invented at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. The project is backed by $1,200,000 in R&D funding from institutions like Drexel University, Coulter Foundation, University City Science Center, Pennsylvania Department of Health and UE LifeSciences.
What's under the hood?
The patented tactile sensor technology using Piezoelectric Sensor Array, invented by the scientists and doctors at Drexel University is a novel, quantitative and low-cost elastic modulus (E) and shear modulus (G) sensor that can measure tissue compression and shear stiffness either by top down or lateral touching of the skin surface. iBE™’s ability to apply a force and measure the displacement electrically, all within the sensor, makes for an ideal ‘electronic palpation’ sensor for in-vivo breast imaging.