Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Medical photo sharing app could change the world

Meanwhile, a photo sharing service of an altogether different sort is emerging from the labs at UC Berkeley. A team led by Bioengineering Professor Daniel Fletcher has developed a small, inexpensive microscope called CellScope that attaches to mobile phone cameras to snap magnified pictures of blood and phlegm slides. The images can then be "shared" as texts or e-mails with modern medical facilities miles or continents away, which can accurately identify diseases and even spot early warning signs of pandemics. "There are doctors who can diagnose this, they just aren't where the patients are," said Fletcher, also a faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Put simply: CellScope can erase the distance and delays that cost lives. More>