Scientists use iPhone microscope to diagnose intestinal worms

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.

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



1. SamsungTheSavior

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

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

18. jcarrigan unregistered

why would they do this? just get a stupid microscope

19. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

jealous much?

2. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

I wonder how accurate that microscope is.

28. Droiddoes unregistered

as accurate as apple maps!

10. MobileJunkieJr

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

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

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered


14. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Good article Micheal

29. Droiddoes unregistered

- Good article - michael h article Pick one

16. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

So... they used Apple Maps and wound up in someone's backside? *bah-dum-tiss*

21. Droid773

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

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

23. 5ufy9n

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

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


Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 11, 2013


27. Droiddoes unregistered

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

30. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

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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