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Title: Differential temperature integrating diagnostic method and apparatus

Abstract

A method and device for detecting the presence of breast cancer in women by integrating the temperature difference between the temperature of a normal breast and that of a breast having a malignant tumor. The breast-receiving cups of a brassiere are each provided with thermally conductive material next to the skin, with a thermistor attached to the thermally conductive material in each cup. The thermistors are connected to adjacent arms of a Wheatstone bridge. Unbalance currents in the bridge are integrated with respect to time by means of an electrochemical integrator. In the absence of a tumor, both breasts maintain substantially the same temperature, and the bridge remains balanced. If the tumor is present in one breast, a higher temperature in that breast unbalances the bridge and the electrochemical cells integrate the temperature difference with respect to time.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. Los Alamos, NM
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
862560
Patent Number(s):
3960138
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States Energy (Washington, DC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
A - HUMAN NECESSITIES A61 - MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE A61B - DIAGNOSIS
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
differential; temperature; integrating; diagnostic; method; apparatus; device; detecting; presence; breast; cancer; women; difference; normal; malignant; tumor; breast-receiving; cups; brassiere; provided; thermally; conductive; material; thermistor; attached; cup; thermistors; connected; adjacent; arms; wheatstone; bridge; unbalance; currents; integrated; respect; time; means; electrochemical; integrator; absence; breasts; maintain; substantially; remains; balanced; unbalances; cells; integrate; diagnostic method; breast cancer; temperature difference; electrochemical cells; conductive material; electrochemical cell; thermally conductive; wheatstone bridge; maintain substantially; differential temperature; /600/324/340/374/

Citation Formats

Doss, James D, and McCabe, Charles W. Differential temperature integrating diagnostic method and apparatus. United States: N. p., 1976. Web.
Doss, James D, & McCabe, Charles W. Differential temperature integrating diagnostic method and apparatus. United States.
Doss, James D, and McCabe, Charles W. Thu . "Differential temperature integrating diagnostic method and apparatus". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/862560.
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abstractNote = {A method and device for detecting the presence of breast cancer in women by integrating the temperature difference between the temperature of a normal breast and that of a breast having a malignant tumor. The breast-receiving cups of a brassiere are each provided with thermally conductive material next to the skin, with a thermistor attached to the thermally conductive material in each cup. The thermistors are connected to adjacent arms of a Wheatstone bridge. Unbalance currents in the bridge are integrated with respect to time by means of an electrochemical integrator. In the absence of a tumor, both breasts maintain substantially the same temperature, and the bridge remains balanced. If the tumor is present in one breast, a higher temperature in that breast unbalances the bridge and the electrochemical cells integrate the temperature difference with respect to time.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1976},
month = {1}
}

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