Drexel Alumnus Develops Breast Cancer Scanner for India
Philadelphia’s Drexel University alumnus Mihir Shah, and Matthew Campisi have created the iBreastExam scanner which is a hand-held device that enables health workers to perform breast health examinations in virtually any setting, not just hospitals. “Mammography isn’t feasible in India due to high equipment cost and the lack of radiologists,” says Shah.
iBreastExam uses patented ceramic sensors developed at Drexel University to detect subtle variations in breast tissue, and offers the following features:
- Bilateral breast exam within 5 minutes (with results at the point-of-care)
- Accuracy to detect clinically relevant breast lesions is higher than 85%
- Usable by any health-worker or doctor. No pain, No radiation
Forbes reports that the company UE Lifesciences Inc., with offices in both Mumbai and Philadelphia, will sell the product on a pay-per-use model instead of direct sales, which will enable doctors to immediately start offering private, safe and pain-free breast exams. Shah says he has kept the costs flexible; doctors at high-end private hospitals are charged in the range of $10-$15 per test, whereas village clinics will be charged only $1.