A team of professors and researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) have developed a breath-based cancer detector (BLO Detector), which will work on the principles of colorimetry.
Roorkee: A team of professors and researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) have made a breakthrough in cancer detection. They have developed a breath-based cancer detector (BLO Detector), which will work on the principles of colorimetry.
The team consists of Prof Indranil Lahiri, Prof. Partha Roy, Prof. Debrupa Lahiri and top researchers of the prestigious institute.
Tata Steel and the institute have a technology transfer agreement for the BLO detector.
In a press statement, IIT Roorkee said that the BLO Detector will be crucial for screening a sizable portion of the population susceptible to some types of cancer. A positive result in this test will make it clear that the patients will have to visit a doctor immediately for a detailed diagnosis and, for the treatment of cancer. In this case, the survival chance of cancer patients will become very high, specifically for these three types of cancer the breast, lung, or oral cancers. The device has undergone an initial clinical test at a cancer research institute in Dehradun, India, with a sensitivity and specificity of 96.11% and 94.67%, respectively, “IIT Roorkee said in a press statement.
Prof. Indranil Lahiri, lead researcher for the BLO Detector, said, “This is a pocket-sized breast-lung-oral cancer screening device, and a person just needs to blow into this device. After the test, the patient can match the colour of the substrate with a given colour code and understand the chances of having any of the breast, lung, or oral cancers.”
Talking about the technology transfer, Acting Director Prof. M.L. Sharma, IIT Roorkee, highlighted that “The earlier the cancer is detected, the greater the chances of full recovery.”