Phone tech among ‘cutting edge’ cancer projects receives £10m funding


An adapter that can turn a mobile phone into essential diagnostic equipment for head and neck cancers is among the pioneering new technologies to receive funding this week.

Other technologies include an artificial intelligence system that can interpret and prioritize abnormal chest X-rays to help detect lung cancer earlier.

Eight projects, labeled ‘cutting edge’ by NHS England (NHSE) will share a total of almost £10million, following an open call for innovation in cancer care last year .

The NHSE said thousands of patients will benefit from the new technology which aims to “revolutionize cancer screening techniques across the country”.

The organization said a new smart blood test – known as the PinPoint test – will use artificial intelligence to rule out a fifth of patients from one of the nine most common forms of the disease, including mammary, gynecological, cutaneous and cutaneous forms. head and neck cancers.

The NHSE said health chiefs hailed the test as a “potentially revolutionary new tool” to help patients at high risk of cancer get diagnosed and treated faster, as well as reassure patients who are unlikely to have cancer.

Meanwhile, an endoscope-to-smartphone adapter can turn an iPhone into equipment that can be used to diagnose head and neck cancers.

The projects supported by these awards…we hope will bring us closer to the day when no patient dies of cancer

Professor Richard Gilbertson

Other projects seeking a share of the funding will use digital technologies, such as mobile communication platforms and applications for faster cancer detection and to better organize services and reduce the costs of cancer care. of the NHS, the NHSE said.

The organization said projects are being accelerated across the NHS “to see how they can benefit patients by detecting cancer at an early stage and improving the efficiency of diagnostic services, in a real-world setting”.

Professor Peter Johnson, Clinical Director of the NHS Cancer Program, said: “Discovering how to use game-changing ideas like the PinPoint test is key to improving outcomes for people with cancer.

“The companies and hospitals behind these innovative ideas are leading the way and will help us diagnose cancer earlier when it’s easier to treat, potentially saving thousands of lives.”

“Today’s development funding, part of our open call initiative, is just one of many opportunities to attract and accelerate high-quality innovations in the NHS, supporting the ambitions of the NHS long term plan and vitally improving care for our patients.”

Professor Richard Gilbertson, Chairman of the NHS Innovation External Advisory Board, said: “The projects supported by these awards are the first of many new devices and diagnostics which we hope will bring us closer to the day when no patient won’t die of cancer.”


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