Startup has created a very simple tool for oral cancer screening ‘OralScan’
A startup in Kerala has indigenously developed a device called ‘ORLASCAN’ that can be used to help in the screening, detection and biopsy of oral cancer by holding it in hand.
According to a press release, the startup, Messrs Saskan Meditech Private Limited, funded by the technology business incubator ‘Timed’ of the city-based Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, is bringing the device.
OralScan is a ‘Make in India’ initiative for which the funds were originally given under the National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (Nidhi) scheme of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. It has been completely manufactured in India. State Health Minister KK Shailaja will inaugurate OralScan at an event here on Wednesday.
According to Saskan Chief Executive Officer Dr. Subhash Narayanan, oral cancer is a major concern in India with more than 80 thousand new cases coming up every year. Mortality is usually higher in the disease because of delayed detection. The market price of this new device will be 5.9 lakh rupees.