Invited talk: Helge Wurdemann

Sensing for healthcare

This talk presents new findings concerning a novel hand-held stiffness probe for the medical diagnosis of abnormalities during the palpation of soft-tissue. Soft-tissue palpation is recognized by the medical community as an essential and low-cost method to detect and diagnose disease in soft-tissue. Providing clinicians with tools to more easily identify and classify tissue health and to obtain objective measurements is an area largely neglected. Variation of stiffness across the surface of tissue is central to obtaining a good understanding of the tissue characteristics, with tumorous tissue areas often having a higher stiffness than the healthy ones. However, differences are often subtle and clinicians need to train for many years before they can conduct a reliable diagnosis.