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New device that can reportedly diagnose cancers of the mouth within 15 minutes

Saturday - December 8, 2018 11:30 am , Category : HEALTH

WTN- Indore’s frontline scientific research centre RRCAT has come up with a new device that can reportedly diagnose cancers of the mouth within 15 minutes.

At present the result of such diagnoses comes in 48-72 hours by conventional testing methods. This small device, made by the scientists of RRCAT with assistance from doctors of AIIMS, can be considered a major breakthrough in medical science as early detection is the single most important factor in checking the prevalence of cancer, especially in a country like India which sees  over 60,000 deaths due to oral cancer only.

Oral cancer is one of the top three cancers in the country, cornering around 30 per cent of patients. Globally, close to 5 million new oral cancer cases are reported each year. Early detection is thus a key need to check deaths. The device, that is to be priced between Rs 2.50 and 3 lakh, will be affordable for small hospitals and individual doctors as well and they can buy the product directly from the RRCAT website.

So far three companies have shown interest in marketing the product widely and greater demand is expected to lead to price reduction as well. Interestingly, the device, named as onco diagnoscope, can also be used to test early stages of cervical cancer, say scientists of RRCAT which thus makes it more versatile and useful. The device is small and portable and a doctor needs just a computer/laptop where the data will be reflected.

The prevalence of cancer will show a red light while when there is no cancer in the person, a green light will blip to testify it. The machine was recently tested on 300 people in the city and 30 were found to have cancerous formations in the oral cavity. The device was in the making for a long time and the RRCAT team was assiduously working on it.


The basic mechanism the device works on is optical sensor, which picks the signs of cancer. RRCAT says it has also devised a TB testing machine named TBS, which is available in the market too and can test TB in minutes. This achievement is not only a matter of pride for Indore and the state of MP, but also for the country which badly needs scientific research and innovation to enhance indigenous productivity and have a technological edge over other countries. RRCAT d such other institutions of repute and excellence must further work on other diagnostic tools so that more of the cancers are detected early and other diseases can also be diagnosed in time.

Easy accessibility to diagnostic facilities, which portable devices like this can bring, will certainly lead to greater reporting and tracking of diseases and hence better and timely treatment.

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