Kerala scientist wins Nari Shakti Puraskar for developing bra that diagnoses breast cancer
Thrissur: Kerala scientist Dr A Seema bagged the Nari Shakti Puraskar for developing a sensor-attached-brassiere to diagnose breasts cancer in women. Seema is a scientist at C-MET (Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology), Thrissur.
Nari Shakti Puraskar is the highest civilian honour for women in India awarded by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and carries Rs 1 lakh and a citation. President Ram Nath Kovind would confer the award on March 8, the International Women’s Day, at a function in New Delhi.
Dr Seema developed the bra affixed with sensors that could diagnose breast cancers by identifying the temperature variance of cancer cells while getting divided. Wearing this apparel could determine whether one is affected by tumour or not.
Sensors sized 1mm length, 1 mm width and 1.5mm deep are known as probe when they are connected to a system. Certain number of such probes would be stitched to both cups of the cotton bra and connected to each other. Data collected by them are transferred to computers through a socket in 2D pictures. Data could be also transferred via mobile and Bluetooth.
Diagnosis for one person could be completed within 15 to 30 minutes. The total expenditure for the making of apparel was less than Rs 500, and this could be developed for Rs 200 for commercial purpose said Seema.
Tests conducted on 117 patients of Malabar Cancer Centre was successful and results were same when compared with the mammogram results. No fear of radiation, privacy, no pain and pocket friendly are the advantages of this new invention.
Earlier, Dr Seema had also won award of Ministry of Science and Technology that carries Rs 5 lakh for her contributions for the development of women through the use of science.