And he adds that it would be a mistake to view the smart bra as a substitute for routine mammograms and other diagnostic techniques. "We do not claim that," Siores said.
But at a time when researchers are devoting their attention to proven methods of breast cancer detection, such as mammograms and ultrasound, both Brooks and Rosenberg agree that the smart bra is unlikely to garner widespread support because of its speculative nature.
Regardless of the eventual fate of the smart bra, however, Rosenberg says early detection is an important step when it comes to beating breast cancer.
"Clearly, we realize that early [detection] is the key to better survival for women who develop breast cancer and so researchers look for ways to find cancers at the earliest stage," she said. "Traditional approaches include mammography, and now MRI, along with physical examination."