Can Smartphones Help Diagnose Skin Cancer?

By | December 11, 2016

It is said that, a 14 dollar device that is present at any of the electronics store would enables the doctors for using their smart phones for diagnosing the skin cancers.

Can Smartphones Help Diagnose Skin Cancer?

Researchers about the Usage of Smartphone’s in Diagnosing Skin Cancer

At University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Researchers have reported that, using “Smartphone microscopes” for diagnosing the non-melanoma skin cancers with nearly 90 percent correctness and about 60 percent accuracy in diagnosing the melanomas.

This platform will give the benefits to the clinicians or doctors who do not have access to highly powered microscopes rather having the smart phones with them.

How Does Smartphone Microscope Works?

It is said that, the Smartphone microscopes can be bought as an add-on to the Smartphone (that prices nearly $75 to $85) or that are built with a 3mm ball lens that are generally used in laser optics which is a plastic piece that is capable of holding the lens in correct over the Smartphone’s tape as well as camera.

Smartphone user can place the microscope on the skin sample attached to a slide and then it can either read the sample or else takes the photos of it and will send it to a doctor.

As the Smartphone apps and sensors have failed generally in finding out the grip in the consumer market or those run difficulty of regulations of the federal,

m Health developers as well as healthcare providers where seeing the strong possibility for such technology platforms which can help the doctors in resource-thin from inner city community health centers to throughout the nation.

Study Conducted using Smart Phone Based Microscopes and their Findings

Researchers who have conducted the study from UTHealth as well as Harvard Medical School, have used the Smartphone microscopes that are handmade for analyzing the 1,021 slides and after that, they have compared them over the slides that are analyzed using the traditional microscope.

The findings of the study are that, the Smartphone microscopes were more accurate in diagnosing the 95.6 percent of basal cell carcinoma cases, 60% of melanoma cases and 89.4 percent of squamous cell carcinoma cases.

Even these diagnostic platforms that are based on Smartphone’s will also offer real-time access for store-and-forward capabilities, analytics as well as for association with specialists located at various places.

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