Digital method to detect first stage cervical cancer

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Developed by Indian Scientists, a digital optical method, can now detect first stage of cervical cancer. Scientists of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata, and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur have developed a computer-based optical method that can spot precancerous cervical cells and healthy cells. This method, taps into machine learning algorithms to classify such type of tissues and early indications of cervical cancer can also be determined.

“By using a light-based probe to identify certain complex repeating patterns (called multifractals), present on developing cancer cells, we can get early indications of the disease,” said Sabyasachi Mukhopadhyay, Researcher, IISER-Kolkata.

This technology is based on the cells, progress towards cancer show more of these complex geometric patterns than the normal, unaffected and healthy ones.

“Based on this correlation, we created a novel light-scattering based method to identify these unique patterns for detecting cancer progression,” he added.

Mentioning about the low cost technology, the researcher revealed that this algorithm could be used in clinical set-ups for screening cervical and other types of cancers.

The study documenting the method is published in journal of Biomedical Optics.

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