Mobile tele-medicine unit for oral cancer screening
A tele medicine unit exclusively for Oral Cancer is the first of its kind in our country. The state of the art vehicle has 2 fully functional dental chairs, a digital x ray, a tele medicine facility that enables communication and consultation which aid in diagnosis and treatment planning. It is also equipped with Oral Scan – a LED based cancer screening device that aids in diagnosis, investigation, treatment planning and prognosis. The unit has a carbon monoxide breath analyser that measures the carbon monoxide levels in blood. It is an educational tool and a valuable aid in habit cessation counselling. The vehicle is also fitted with a Global positioning System. The mobile unit is WiFi enabled and has a cloud-based patient management software which can be accessed from the institution also. The vehicle is also equipped with a television and public address system.
The mobile telemedicine thus is a big boon to the project. It enables the use of advanced diagnostic and treatment facilities in camp settings. Radiographic and biopsy investigations can be done in the unit. The unit can be used to provide awareness, personalised counselling. A mobile dental unit can be of utmost use in patients requiring palliative oral health care. The mobile dental unit can provide accessibility of oral health care to these patients. The unit will make oral health care and cancer screening more accessible and affordable thereby expanding the scope, reach, effectiveness and efficiency of the project. We also plan to focus more on tribal population – yet another population with prolific use of tobacco and alcohol. This latest addition can scale up the project to greater heights and help us move closer towards our aim of reducing the prevalence and incidence of oral cancer in the community through a holistic approach.