An Indian researcher from the prestigious John Hopkins University has developed the world’s first five-dimensional ultrasound system that will help surgeons in detecting cancerous tumours.
The 33-year-old Amaravati-born Nishikant Deshmukh, who did his graduation in Computer Engineering from Pune University, developed the 5-D technology as a part of his PhD thesis.
This system will enable the surgeons to detect and treat cancerous tumours while operating on patients.
The research findings of Nishikant Deshmukh were first presented at the 2015 Information Processing in Computer Assisted Interventions (IPCAI).
“My technology can give vision to the surgeon for locating tumours while operating upon patients,” he said.
Deshmukh’s breakthrough is significant as doctors at present mostly use two-dimensional technology for ultrasound.
While some do use advanced 3D graphics, the time taken to generate such images makes it difficult for surgeons to use it while operating.
Deshmukh’s motivation comes from a personal loss.
While speaking to The American Bazaar (TAB), he said that he had lost a family member to cancer in India.
“The disease could not be diagnosed at early stage,” he said.
The researcher also added that his technology would help in early stage breast or prostrate cancer detection.
“It will help a radiologist to determine whether the abnormally grown tissue is a potentially fatal tumour, or a more benign cyst,” he said adding that the technology would specially be useful in rural corners of developing nations where MRI is expensive and rarely available.