IIT Kahargpur students have developed a mobile phone application which can help in accurate diagnosis of skin cancers and ailments.
The application ‘ClipOCam-Derma’ is developed in the School of Medical Science and Technology at IIT Kharagpur and can be used on any smartphone. It is a portable and affordable solution that has won the ‘GE Edison Challenge 2013’ and has been awarded an incubation prize of Rs. 10 lakhs. The app can be used by semi-skilled paramedics working in rural and primary healthcare centres. It will assist in fast and high-precision screening of skin lesions and abnormalities like cancers, psoriasis, scaling, keratinisation, melanoma, inflammation, ulcers, lipoma, healing and non-healing wounds, and heavy-metal induced dysplasia, all of which may or may not be evidently visible on the surface. The app will help in reaching out to the people in remote areas lacking even minimal access to expert physicians. The app will not only help in diagnosis but also monitoring the control of the skin disease. The tests have found the app to be 99 percent accurate.
The mobile app which will be launched in the market after regulatory approvals can help physicians speed up diagnosis and handle more patients within a shorter time.