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Scientists use iPhone microscope to diagnose intestinal worms

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Scientists use iPhone microscope to diagnose intestinal worms
The last big growth opportunity for mobile devices is in the medical field. Mobile is already a powerhouse for communication, entertainment, and as an information hub, but the work is still in progress to make medical devices more mobile. We've seen theoretical work, but this story is a pretty impressive practical application, because scientists were able to use a hacked-together iPhone microscope to diagnose intestinal worms in Pemba Island, off the coast of Tanzania.

Scientists use iPhone microscope to diagnose intestinal worms
The scientists converted the iPhone into a microscope by putting double-sided tape over the camera lens, then piercing a hole in the tape and placing a small $9 lens over the existing camera lens. The flashlight was used for illumination, the double-sided tape held the stool sample slides in place, and the image on the phone's screen was studied for intestinal parasites. It isn't a perfect system, but it was able to diagnose 70% of the infections compared to a conventional laboratory microscope. In many cases that may just be good enough, but more importantly, it is a very inexpensive option. 

Africa is an emerging market, and inexpensive smartphones have been huge in many areas there (as we've talked about before). Mobile phones have already been amazing for local trade, microtransactions, and even the arts, and more medical options can only be a good thing.

source: CNN

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posted on 16 Mar 2013, 15:12 13

1. SamsungTheSavior (banned) (Posts: 19; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Could've gotten much more done with a note 2 microscope and split screen apps.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 15:38 4

5. lyndon420 (Posts: 1788; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Agreed.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 18:25 2

18. jcarrigan (unregistered)


why would they do this? just get a stupid microscope

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 18:30

19. MC1123 (Posts: 1249; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


jealous much?

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 15:19 2

2. blackice214 (Posts: 164; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


I wonder how accurate that microscope is.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 12:15 1

28. Droiddoes (unregistered)


as accurate as apple maps!

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 15:37

4. lyndon420 (Posts: 1788; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


That was amazing creativity for what they had to work with.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 16:31 4

10. MobileJunkieJr (Posts: 46; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Should'a used the 808!!!
They would'a seen "lossless" worms and even the viruses in the worms.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 16:34 3

11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6743; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Iworms

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 16:59

14. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Good article Micheal

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 12:16

29. Droiddoes (unregistered)


- Good article
- michael h article

Pick one

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 17:59 2

16. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


So... they used Apple Maps and wound up in someone's backside?

*bah-dum-tiss*

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 23:35

21. Droid773 (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


why you guys always fighting? just choose whatever device you like and be happy. im an android user since day one.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 02:31

23. 5ufy9n (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Was it a 'stool' sample they put on the iPhone? o.O

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 09:04 1

25. DHILLON_ARSH (Posts: 66; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


GOOD MOVE APPLE....BUT STILL
FCCK U

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 12:13

27. Droiddoes (unregistered)


michael h advertisemen- I mean article. tb,dr (too biased, didn't read)

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 14:54

30. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


And he hid my comment. Never checked but who know may have sent a warning about "trolling" also ....

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 17:27

31. Droiddoes (unregistered)


Yup. You are not allowed to criticize or even point out the WELL KNOWN flaws in apples novelty products, he will remove them. Biased "reporter" (and I use the term as loosely as possible, I've seen more journalistic integrity in a jr high newsletter) is biased and admittedly does not even research things before schlocking together a biased, often innacurate "story".

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