The mortality rate for breast cancer is higher than in developed countries like US and China. In India one out of every two diagnosed with breast cancer, dies within five years. Early detection can reduce this fatality rate. However, we lack facilities and radiographers, and the regular cost of screening is still unaffordable. Niramai is a Bangalore-based startup trying to change this.
According to Business Standard, they aim to use a combination of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cloud-based screening to tackle the problem of access and cost of breast cancer screening. Niramai’s low-cost device takes high-resolution thermal images which require no radiation. Artificial intelligence is applied to the images on the cloud to detect breast cancer, thus affording an alternative to the traditional mammogram. They have also recently secured seed funding to take their technology forward.