IIT-Roorkee professor developed a software, which can detect COVID-19 within five seconds using X-ray scan of the suspected patient. IITs all over the country are conducting researches and developing medical supplies in order to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Many IITians have been trying to develop ventilators and PPE kits for doctors amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

The professor from IIT Roorkee, who took over 40 days to develop the software, has filed a patent for the same and has approached the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for a review.

Kamal Jain, a professor at the institute's civil engineering department, claims that the software will not only reduce testing costs, but will also reduce the risk of exposure to healthcare professionals.

So far, there is no verification of his claim by a medical institution.

"Using the software developed by me, the doctors can simply upload pictures of an individual's X-ray. The software will not only classify whether the patient has any sign of pneumonia, it will be able to tell whether it is due to COVID-19 or other bacteria and also measure severity of the infection. The results can be processed within five seconds," he added.

Jain said the software can help in accurate preliminary screening which can be supplemented by clinical testing for those tested positive for the deadly virus.

"The pneumonia caused by COVID-19 is severe than other bacteria as it affects lungs completely than smaller portions of lungs in other cases. The software will analyse bilateral opacity, pattern of fluid build-up in lungs and nature of clump or clot if any," the professor said.