By SM Najmus Sakib
A team of Bangladeshi researchers invented a low-cost technology to diagnose cancer through a blood test, local media reported on Wednesday.
The diagnose process will take only five minutes to deliver a result and it will cost about Taka 500 ($6), The Daily Star, a local daily, quoted the research team as saying during a press conference in Dhaka.
“Once the device is built, it will be able to detect cancer in just five minutes and it will cost around Taka 500 to diagnose cancer,” said Yasmeen Haque, a professor at the department of physics in Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST).
The research team and the university administration have applied for the patent rights in the U.S. and Bangladesh for the technology “Method and System Based Nonlinear Optical Characteristic of Body Fluid for Diagnosis on Neoplasia”, according to the daily.
Haque, who led the research team, claimed that it will be the first time ever in the world when the cancer would be diagnosed using the nonlinear optics.
The technology will become operational within a next year, he added.
Education Minister of Bangladesh Nurul Islam Nahid termed the invention as “historic” for the country.