American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS 2020)
3,247 women above 30 years of age participated following community outreach and awareness program. This is the largest independently conducted study undertaken by a highly reputed reference cancer center in southern India, as a community outreach and screening project, to report on the efficacy and acceptability of iBreastExam, when implemented in community-based, low-resource settings. Key highlights of the study are:
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO 2020)
486 women, US based study titled "Clinical Utility of a Hand-Held Scanner for Breast Cancer Early Detection and Patient Triage" conducted independently by leading cancer researchers (Drs Brooks, Englander, Anderson, Rositch) to assess whether iBE can be used to reduce the pool of women who need follow-up and diagnostic services by correctly screening out women with normal mammograms without missing patients with clinically significant invasive cancers. Key Discussion Points:
San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (2019)
P1-01-06 Diagnostic accuracy of a novel palpation device to improve early detection of breast cancer in low-resource settings.
In a 1200 women, India based prospective non-interventional study,
iBreastExam demonstrated significantly (23%) higher sensitivity and moderately (9%) higher specificity to detect breast lesions as compared to CBE.
Lower FP rates compared to CBE reduces the pool of women requiring further diagnostic follow-up.
iBreastExam requires minimal training and provides objective breast examination with digital documentation.
iBreastExam may enable community health worker led triaging to detect clinically relevant breast lesions in LMIC settings.
San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (2019)
P1-01-01 Clinical efficacy evaluation of a novel palpation imaging device for early detection of breast cancer in the developing world.
Key conclusions from Brazil based study of 226 women (449 breasts analyzed independently),
Journal of Cancer Prevention & Current Research (2018)
1200 women, Implementation study titled "Health worker led breast examination in rural India using electro-mechanical hand-held breast palpation device" published in the Journal of Cancer Prevention & Current Research on June 20, 2018. Study concludes that "training lay people on the use of the device could potentially provide screening to rural and underserved areas of under-developed nations where women historically have had no access to breast cancer early detection."
World Journal of Surgical Oncology (2016)
Clinical study titled "A cost-effective handheld breast scanner for use in low-resource environments: a validation study" published in the World Journal of Surgical Oncology on Oct 28, 2016. iBE correctly identified 66 lesions demonstrating sensitivity of 86% and specificity of 89%.
Indian Journal of Gynecologic Oncology (2016)
A major clinical study with 916 women enrolled, evaluating iBE™ technology was published in the Indian Journal of Gynecologic Oncology in June 2016. The study showed that iBreastExam device can significantly enhance clinical breast examination Sensitivity (by 19%) while maintaining high Specificity (94%) and Negative Predictive Value (NPV) of 98%. The study concluded that iBreastExam can be a promising tool for early detection of clinically relevant lesions at early stages and also useful in younger women with dense breasts.
Journal of the American College of Surgeons (2013)
The first clinical study evaluating iBE technology was published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (Volume 216, Issue 6, Pages 1168-1173, June 2013). This study demonstrated that iBE technology could confidently detect invasive lesions/tumors that the physician could not feel with his hands (meaning non-palpable lesions). iBE also performed very well in the younger age group (below 40) in detecting small masses.
Science behind iBreastExam
Ingredients: Coffee + Base of Support + Dash of Luck = Innovation
Invented at Drexel University, Philadelphia.
iBreastExam's sensors accurately assess & identify tissue elasticity differences between hard & stiff breast tumors versus normal breast tissue. The patented tactile sensor technology using Piezoelectric Sensor Array was invented by the scientists and doctors at Drexel University. It is a novel, quantitative and low-cost elastic modulus (E) sensor that can measure tissue compression and stiffness by top down touching of the skin surface. iBE’s ability to apply a gentle force and measure the subtle displacements electrically, all within the sensor, makes for an ideal ‘electronic palpation’ sensor for in-vivo breast imaging.
Translational research and commercialization of iBreastExam innovation is backed by R&D funding from:
Large Scale Implementations
in collaboration with Public Health Agencies
Enrolled 74,500+ women at 16 Medical Colleges in Maharashtra
In collaboration with Malabar Cancer Center (coming soon)
Project with Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics, Delhi Gov.
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