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Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

Mobile phones can be useful medical devices

A research team led by Dan Fletcher, a professor of bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, has developed a cheap attachment to turn the digital camera on many of today's mobile phones into a microscope. Called a CellScope, it can show individual white and red blood cells, which means that with the correct stain it can be used to identify the parasite that causes malaria. Moreover, by transmitting an image directly over the mobile network, the CellScope could greatly help with the remote diagnosis and monitoring of many illnesses.

Full story from The Economist.