Feb 22Interview

New Age Cancer Screening and Diagnosis: Dr Tausif Ahmed Thangalvadi, Medical Director, NURA

Recently NURA has opened its first-ever diagnostic centre in Bengaluru. Tell us more about the new centre and which all tests will be conducted at the centre?

NURA is a premium AI-based Health screening centre and one of its kind in India. It is a collaboration between Fujifilm Healthcare Global & DKH group, bringing the best of AI-enabled imaging technology to improve one’s health screening experience. Our screening service is designed to suit ones busy life. We want to secure the lives of people while providing accessible and high-quality healthcare. Our technology, process along AI deliver
quick and accurate results, while always keeping one’s safety in mind. Our machines are minimally invasive and ergonomically designed to ensure one’s comfort.

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How NURA is different?
• Highest possible precision with AI algorithms and doctor’s interpretations
• Image-based technologies with best- in-class equipment
• Comprehensive package covering major organs and ailments like heart, lungs, kidney, bones, liver, cancer, COPD and other lifestyle diseases.
• Gender-specific health screening packages
• No prior preparation or fasting is required, walk-in walk out in just 120 minutes

We screen the following diseases:
• For Men
We screen for blood pressure, BMI, lung cancer, coronary heart disease, COPD, visceral fat analysis, osteoporosis/ bone mineral density, sarcopenia, full body composition, colon cancer, oral cancer,
prostate cancer, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, kidney and liver health, gout, anaemia and general well-being.
• For Women We screen for blood pressure, BMI, lung cancer, coronary heart disease, COPD, visceral fat analysis, osteoporosis/ bone mineral density, sarcopenia, full body composition, breast cancer, cervical
cancer, colon cancer, oral cancer, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, kidney and liver health, gout, anaemia and general well-being.

Which new technologies are being currently used at the centre?

Fujifilm Healthcare’s vast data set of radiology images and decades of experience in the field has helped in developing advanced AI technologies that empower radiologists and doctors. Our AI allows them to read scans more efficiently and accurately, helping them make quick and intelligent decisions. AI technology makes the screening process safer by allowing us to use ultra-low doses of radiation. Sharper images have previously only been possible with larger doses of radiation. Our AI technology processes the low- dose scan and compares them to similar scans in Fujifilm’s vast library of imaging data. This enables us to sharpen the low-dose image and identify problems that would be missed by the naked eye.

Cancer is a major area of focus at your centre. What are the new offerings you would like to provide in cancer care?
Our objective is to screen an individual for comprehensive health. Cancer has become a major concern in today’s time. It is imperative for us to screen individuals in order to provide a comprehensive and holistic view of
health.

For lung cancer: At NURA, lung cancer screening is done through Ultra low dose CT scan equipment coupled with our AI technology. Through this, we are able to sharpen the quality of the ultra- low dose scan to assist the doctor in early detection. For breast cancer: NURA digital mammography uses a flexible compression paddle which allows the machine to gently fit the natural curve of the breast, allowing the pressure to be dispersed evenly and lowering your discomfort. It does Accurate screening with 3D Imaging in a few minutes.

For cervical cancer: A colposcope is used for taking images of the cervix area. The device has inbuilt AI software which gives an indication about any abnormalities.

For oral cancer: A handheld device is used to take images of the oral cavity by our dentist. Images are processed in our AI software to detect cancerous cells.

Do you plan to provide new centres across the country?
Yes, we are planning to open up more centres in other cities in the next one to two years.

How cost-effective are these tests?
Our packages are quite cost-effective. If the same set of tests and scans are done outside NURA, it might cost anywhere between Rs 40000-50000. Whereas, at NURA, we offer it as a single package
costing Rs 15,000.

What will be your growth plans for the next five years?
Our mission is to provide affordable, accessible and accurate health screening services globally through NURA. In the coming five years, we would focus more on expanding our presence in prominent
cities of India and a few other countries.

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