Hitachi to carry out urine test for can­cer de­tec­tion

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Company News -

The en­gi­neer­ing and IT con­glom­er­ate Hitachi is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world’s first ex­per­i­ment to test for can­cer us­ing urine sam­ples, which would greatly fa­cil­i­tate screening for the deadly dis­ease. The com­pany had de­vel­oped the ba­sic tech­nol­ogy to de­tect breast or colon can­cer from urine sam­ples two years ago. The tech­nol­ogy de­tects waste ma­te­ri­als in­side urine sam­ples that act as a “biomarker”— a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring sub­stance by which a par­tic­u­lar dis­ease can be iden­ti­fied.

Hitachi will be­gin test­ing the method us­ing some 250 urine sam­ples, to see if sam­ples at room tem­per­a­ture are suit­able for anal­y­sis. The ex­per­i­ment will con­tinue till Septem­ber in co­op­er­a­tion with Nagoya Uni­ver­sity. The aim is to put the tech­nol­ogy in use in the 2020s, although this de­pends on var­i­ous things such as get­ting ap­proval from the au­thor­i­ties.

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