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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.


When  science  advances and pushes   health     towards new paths, 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 cysts and tumors to be detected.

It all started 15 years ago, when these professionals from the  National University of the Center ( UNICEN )  and the  Conicet  started working on issues related to the propagation 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  that uses infrared light.

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

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

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

The awards

The new mammograph received a  prize from the Balseiro Institute , in the amount of 21 thousand dollars, which was allocated to continue the development of the prototype. In addition, he won second place in the 50K Business Plan Contest.

Publication Date: 11/12/2019

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