Allahabad: An Indo-Russian scientific venture here claims to have come up with a new diagnostic kit for early detection of breast cancer at a much lower cost and without requiring highly-qualified medical professionals. The new machine has been developed by experts at the state-owned Indian Institute for Information Technology, Allahabad (IIIT-A) in coordination with the Moscow-basedInstitute of Radio Engineering, which is a part of the Russian Academy of Sciences, IIIT-A Director M D Tiwari said. "The new machine is different from the tools being used at present to detect breast cancer. While existing machines have voluminous structures and problems in portability and involve high cost, the latest kit can be carried in a briefcase and is free from technical complexities," he said.
He said the entire endeavour, right from the concept phase to the development of the software and the hardware, took around two-and-a-half years. The effort was aimed at developing "a unique smart machine that could help even a layman identify breast cancer at an early stage, making treatment easier and moreeffective," he said. "We are confident that due to its unique characteristics, the new machine would be of great help in rural areas where costly diagnostic options are often not feasible and trainedprofessionals are not easily available," Tiwari said. PTI
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