Appidi Tejaswini, Syed Basseruddin Alvi , Anurag Meena Students of the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad were given the BIRAC-SRISTI Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award-2017 for developing a prototype of an Affordable detection kit for Cervical Cancer under guidance Dr. Aravind Kumar Rengan.
Cervical cancer is treatable, if diagnosed early. The screening/diagnostic procedures available are time-consuming and explorative. A system which is simple, economical with immediate results is needed to increase frequency of screening. The innovation has paved way for the development of one such system.
A technique is developed to quantify the acetic acid that is used for protein coagulation which is responsible for the aceto-white patches in VIA [Visual Inspection with Acetic acid, a conventional screening procedure for detection of Cervical cancer/Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN)]. The percentage of acetic acid is quantified; such that various percentages would result in various colors. This will help to identify the presence of cervical cancer/CIN without naked eye observation as required in VIA. This technique will be embedded into a paper/strip based device which can be initially used as an assistive technique but has the capability to emerge as self-screening tool. A qualitative screening procedure VIA is also quantified which can be easily embedded into paper/strip based device for the development of an economical, easy to handle kit which will increase the frequency and improve the ease of screening which would in turn increase the Cervical cancer survival rate.
For this innovation Dr. Renu Swarup Senior Advisor, DBT and MD, BIRAC, honored Appidi Tejaswini, Department of Nano Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, with the prestigious BIRAC-SRISTI Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award 2017 at Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 5.