Eclipse Sets $680,000 Indiegogo Goal For DIY Breast Exam Scanner

8-21-2013 10-06-18 PM

Carlsbad, Calif.-based startup Eclipse Breast Health Technologies launches an aggressive Indiegogo campaign Tuesday in pursuit of $680,000 in seed money that will be used to ramp up manufacturing of a digital self-exam device capable of detecting breast masses at five times the sensitivity of a manual self-exam.

The device, which is about the size of a computer mouse, uses light pressure and Transphotonic sensors to create a highly detailed schematic of internal breast tissue. The images are sent to a supporting smartphone or tablet app where deep tissue masses are automatically highlighted. These images can then be saved and monitored for changes over time, or shared with a medical professional, or the Eclipse image review service. The platform also texts and emails regularly scheduled reminders to help increase self-exam adherence rates.

The device represents 10 years of work and has evolved through more than 100 prototypes. CEO and founder Ken Wright first came up with the idea of using low-level photons to detect breast masses while designing submarines for the US Navy that needed to be able to peer through dense, murky water and discriminate between different materials and molecular properties on the ocean floor.

Eclipse is currently in testing phase and hopes to ship 1000 units to women by the first quarter of 2014 to collect early feedback. The company then hopes to reach full production by the fourth quarter of 2014.

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