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Country to have first mobile mammography unit soon

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, will connect the hospital’s cancer specialists to patients in rural areas, by providing the country its first mobile mammography service (to be launched soon) in a bid to provide medical aid to breast cancer patients in far-flung rural areas.

Built at a cost of Rs 17 lakh and mounted on a truck, the mobile unit comprises a di-com compatible mammography system that will convert film into digital format before transmitting it to a base unit at the hospital. ISRO has agreed to provide a free satellite link for the mobile unit.

According to the National Cancer Registry Programme 2004, breast cancer is the predominant type of cancer in women in India, and lately an increasing number of women in rural areas are reporting this type of cancer.

Metros however, report the highest percentage of breast cancer with Mumbai (27.5) topping the list, followed by Chennai (26.1), Delhi (25.1) and Bangalore (24.6).

The satellite services are likely to improve further once a proposal for launching a dedicated healthcare satellite is cleared by the Central government.

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