By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Apr 24, 2020 19:47 IST
IIT Professor develops X-Ray machine to detect Covid-19 within 5 seconds

An IIT-Roorkee professor claims to have developed a software which can detect Covid-19 within five seconds using X-ray of the suspected patient.The professor who took 40 days to develop a software, has filed the patent for the same and has approached the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for a review.

Professor develops X-ray machine

Kamal Jain, a professor at the institute’s civil engineering department, develops a x-ray machine that can detect the presence of covid-19 in a person. Jain claims that the software will not only reduce the testing cost but also reduce the risk of exposure to health care professionals.

So far, there is no verification of his claim by a medical institute.

‘I first developed an artificial intelligence-based database after analysing over 60,000 X-ray scans, including those of covid-19, pneumonia, and tuberculosis patients to differentiate between the kind of chest congestion suffered in the three diseases. I also analysed the chest X-ray database of United States’ NIH Clinical Centre’, said Jain.

Adding to his statement, he said that using the software developed by him, the doctors can simply upload pictures of an individual's X-ray. The software will not only classify whether the patient has any sign of pneumonia, it will be able to tell whether it is due to COVID-19 or other bacteria and also measure the severity of the infection. The results can be processed within five seconds. Jain even mentioned the software can help in accurate preliminary screening which can be supplemented by clinical testing for those tested positive for the deadly virus.

'The pneumonia caused by COVID-19 is severe than other bacteria as it affects the lungs completely than smaller portions of lungs in other cases. The software will analyse bilateral opacity, pattern of fluid build-up in lungs and nature of clump or clot if any', the professor said.

The professor claimed about the similar kinds of experimentations being conducted by the University of Amazon in the United States but there has not been a breakthrough yet.

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The science and technology have done quite a development in India in past decade. It will be exciting to see if the technology developed by a professor could be one of the ways to make the world rid of this pandemic.

According to the Union Health Ministry, the death toll due to COVID-19 has risen to 718 and the number of cases to 23,077 in the country on Friday. The number of active COVID-19 cases is 17,610 as 4,748 people have been cured and discharged, and one patient migrated, it said. The ICMR said a total 23,502 samples have been confirmed positive for coronavirus so far.

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