'Jacket' to detect breast cancer unveiled

A thermal-imaging jacket which can diagnose breast cancer, developed by the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, was unveiled at Akola in Maharashtra Thursday.

Union Minister of State Sanjay Dhotre, in whose presence the first such jacket was handed over to the District Women’s Hospital here, said it is an easy-to-use diagnostic tool.

The jacket, to be worn by a person undergoing diagnosis for a few minutes, uses thermal imaging technology to detect cancerous growth.

An agreement has been signed to manufacture it in the country under the Make In India initiative with Japanese firm Murata Manufacturing, said Ajay Sawhney, secretary of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology. Dr A Seema, a researcher involved in the project, and National Informatics Centre’s Avinash Gupta were also present on this occasion.