“I’ve got an app for that”

It’s hard to picture areas of our current world that have the technology for cell phones but yet are unable to receive treatment for devastating diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis.  How about creating an “app” for that?

Researchers are experimenting with technology that will substitute cell phones for microscopes.  According to an article in Discover Magazine, the CellScope can snap magnified pictures of disease samples and transmit them to medical labs across the country or even around the world.  This technology literally enables a doctor “on call”.   The upgraded phone will be able to take magnified pictures of disease samples and transmit them to medical labs for examination.

…Such a simple solution to a vast problem. popup

Discover reports, “the goal is to use mobile communications networks as a cost-effective way for medical personnel to screen for hematologic and infectious diseases in areas that lack access to advanced micro­scopic equipment.”

Ozcan Research Group at U.C.L.A.

Adapted from the New York Times online

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~ by awhite2 on November 8, 2009.

One Response to ““I’ve got an app for that””

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