DURHAM, NC- Two Duke Pratt Professors have designed a new device that can make the screening of cervical cancer cheaper and able to fit in a pocket. Nimmi Ramanujam and Robert W. Carr developed a pocket “tampon” colposcope that will help screen for cervical cancer in third world countries. This device will be able to be carried in the pockets of doctors or healthcare workers allowing them to screen women for cervical cancer at anytime and anywhere.
The device is priced at a few hundred dollars while traditional colposcopes are over five thousand dollars. The device is also much easier to use and requires less training which allows the patients themselves or nurses to perform the screen. The device’s camera can also be attached to a USB which allows patients to send their images so they can be looked at by professional doctors and the cancer can be detected in the earlier stages.
Cervical cancer mortality is decreasing in the United States but it is steadily increasing in under-developed countries. Developed countries, like the U.S., have decreased their mortality rate through education to the public as well as introducing the Pap smear. The researchers behind this device is looking to implement this device in areas like Peru, Zambia, Tanzania, and India. This will prevent women in these areas from having to travel miles to perform this exam.
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