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IIT B develop a heart defect detection device

Posted on: January 12, 2011

Mumbai: India will have a 100 million heart patients by the end of the decade. What’s worse – the Cardiological Society estimates heart defects go undiagnosed in four out of ten cases.
But if Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay’s innovations are anything to go by, then this lab prototype – a 4 mm long chip could soon revolutionize the way heart tests are carried out.
Prof V Ramgopal Rao, elec engineering, IIT Bombay says, “At IIT Bombay, we are developing a screening technology which is nanotechnology based, using that, with a few hundreds of rupees in a matter of 5-10 minutes, can you quickly monitor the markers which will help you determine the heart condition”.

And that’s the USP here – a simple blood test and immediate detection, the scientists say – The IIT team says it has tested it successfully for heart attack markers in the blood – but clinical trials will take at least 2 years to complete.

While India waits for that – here’s another twist. Even Russian President Medvedev, on a visit to Mumbai found this impressive – coated with certain chemicals this device can double up as an explosive detector!

Prof Raofurther explains, “This kind of a technology can replace a sniffer dog, so from a foot away from the source of explosive material it can smell the explosive material as a result where you need to use sniffer dogs, you can use this technology”.

And that’s why they call the IITs hotbeds of innovation.


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