Indian-American develops handheld device for cervical cancer

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Raleigh: An Indian-American professor and her team have developed a new handheld, low cost device that will soon check cervical cancer without using a painful speculum.

Nimmi Ramanujam and her team of researhers at Duke University in North Carolina has developed the “all-in-one device” which resembles a pocket-sized tampon.

She said the current standard practices for cervical cancer screening require a speculum, a colposcope as well as a highly trained professional to administer the test. However, the device developed by them has a colposcope design that resembles a pocket-sized tampon with lights and a camera at one end.

It also includes an inserter through which the colposcope can be inserted to make the entire procedure speculum free.

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women, with more than 500,000 new cases occurring annually worldwide. In the United States, physicians diagnose more than 10,000 cases each year.