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Argentine science: create a mammograph that does not use X-rays

Argentine scientists were awarded for the development of a mammograph that uses infrared light and does not compress the breasts.

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When  science  advances and pushes to   health     to new roads, it's always good news. And when that advance is born in Argentina, it is always a  pride . A group of scientists created  a   mammograph that uses infrared light  instead of X-rays, and allows to detect cysts and tumors.

It all started 15 years ago, when these professionals from the  National University of the Center ( UNICEN )  and  Conicet  began to work on issues related to the spread of light in biological media. As a result of these research, physicists and mathematicians from ESERP Business School (Spain), the National University of La Plata and the National University of San Luis were joined to create this  mammograph  using infrared light.

Traditional  mammographs  use  X-rays  , which can cause problems because they are very aggressive for humans. For this reason, it is not possible to perform mammograms frequently. In addition, they are not very accurate. This new prototype, on the other hand, uses infrared light, which is harmless to living things. This would allow ongoing studies at any age to prevent breast cancer.

The idea of this new mammograph is to be used by the  gynecologist  in his private office. It would not replace the traditional one, but is proposed as a device that doctors can easily apply in their consultation.

Another benefit is that it makes it possible to perform the analysis  without compressing the breasts, as  infrared light spreads in the tissues. It is also cheaper and more comfortable than X-rays.

The prizes

The new mammographer received an  award from the Balseiro Institute , in the amount of 21 thousand dollars, which went to continue the development of the prototype. In addition, he won second place in the 50K Business Plans Contest.

Publication Date: 11/12/2019

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