Indian clinic launches skin assessment camera

By Gourab Gupta, Kolkata, Aug 9 : Indian chain of homeopathic clinics Dr Batra's Positive Health Clinic said it has launched a 3D assessment camera for the effective analysis and evaluation of skin disorders. This was announced by Dr. Bindu Sharma, Director - Medical Services, Dr. Batra's Positive Health Clinic, here on Thursday. Addressing a press conference Sharma said, "The technology is the first of its kind in India for 3D imaging of skin." "In a survey conducted by Dr. Batra's, it was found that 66 percent of respondents feel that skin disorders affect their self confidence. About 75 percent respondents will go for most advanced skin imaging technology to check their skin condition," she added. The powerful machine based on optical technology allows the skin to be viewed in 2 and 3 dimensions and enables multi-spectral analysis of epidermis and dermis. The 3D skin assessment helps detect signs of sun damage.

It detects the skin from three layers and gives a heads up if there are any symptoms of a skin disease arising, eventually resulting in the cure of the particular disease early.

The photographic tool helps gauge the treatment response for skin problems three months before it is visible to the naked eye.

It also helps diagnose the exact concentration of melanin and hemoglobin in the skin. The price of this 3D camera is 5 lakhs.

According to officials, more than 1 million people have been treated so far at Dr. Batra's. It has 114 clinics in 54 cities across India, Dubai and London.

Sharma said, "We are planning to open a clinic at Salt Lake, Sector-V within September. Later we have plans to start three clinics in Kolkata. One would be close to Garia. The other two will be opened in Rajarhat and Joka."

She added that Dr. Batra's has a presence here in Bengal since 2001. It has three clinics here, one at Howrah and two at Minto Park and Ultadanga.

"We are trying to expand our business in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities of India. Around 500 clinics are to be opened in 2015. Presently 2 clinics are coming soon in London and Dubai," noted Sharma.

Regarding the percentage of patients in the country, she said, "South India has given us unexpected response. Every zone of India has a basic capacity of patients but revenue wise South India ha said 10 percent extra."

--IBNS (Posted on 09-08-2013)

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