MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Scientists at a South Florida University are developing a hand-held tool that could be used to detect breast cancer.READ MORE: 2 Doral Police Officers Injured In Shooting Near Miami-Dade Police Headquarters; Suspect Killed ID'd By Police
The optical scanner, developed at Florida International University, is considered non-invasive and an inexpensive way to give an early diagnosis -an important feat for a disease considered the second largest cause of death in women in the United States.
The way it works is, it creates a 3-D image of the tissue in real-time. A feature considered unique to the tool is its ability to show a contrast between disease and normal tissues.
It can also be used to look at the side of the chest which is not possible in present machines.READ MORE: Florida Judge Set to Decide On School Mask Rule
The invention goes beyond cancer diagnosis.
It can be used for any kind of body-imaging tasks like brain mapping, drug delivery, detection of tissue hemorrhages and lie detection, according to university officials.
The university says they are currently looking for a commercial partner to help further develop and introduce the device.MORE NEWS: Rod Stewart's Plea Deal On Battery Charge Falls Through
The product will be going to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval.