Raytheon targets cancer detection field with new $1.2M research project

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Defense contractors from Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz., have teamed with the Tucson-based Arizona Cancer Center for a two-year project that hopes to utilize Raytheon's battlefield imaging technology for the early detection of skin cancer.

This is Raytheon’s first foray into the healthcare field, according to the Arizona Daily Star. The new research project is an attempt to apply Raytheon technology to make that body mapping and detection more precise.

Raytheon provided $645,000 to fund the effort, while the Science Foundation Arizona has put forth another $545,000—a combined total of $1.2 million.

Researchers will team up to study ways to adapt Raytheon's satellite remote-sensing technology, currently used by the military, for medical purposes.

Raytheon and the Arizona Cancer Center expect to work closely with the FDA as the project evolves, as the agency would have to approve use of any such device. It will be about three to four years before any new technology would be ready for use, Arizona Cancer Center spokeswoman Sara Hammond said, reported the Arizona Daily Star.