The SureTouch device includes a small, hand held sensor device that connects wirelessly to a tablet screen that women can see during the exam.
The handheld sensor holds the key to the device: a flat, soft panel of sensors that are unique to SureTouch. These sensors act like the human sense of touch – except that they are much more accurate; they are ultrasensitive. This accuracy is why SureTouch is such an important and effective screening device. These sensors are patent protected and only found in SureTouch.
Dr. Jae Son is the inventor of the SureTouch device. He earned his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University and while working in the robotics lab, developed a digital sense of touch for robotic fingertips. Dr. Son was inspired by his mother’s battle with cancer to use this very sensitive touch, or “tactile,” technology, to create the SureTouch device as means of detecting breast masses without pain or radiation.
When the SureTouch sensor gently - with only two pounds of pressure - compresses the breast tissue between the sensor and the chest wall, it will “feel,” any abnormal masses in the breast, whether those masses are just below the skin, or deeper within the breast. SureTouch can be compared to Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairytale, “The Princess and the Pea.” The SureTouch sensor works by detecting differences in hardness under layers of softer tissue, much like the princess was able to detect a pea underneath multiple soft mattresses.
See how SureTouch works on the TV show "The Doctors":