iPhone app 'to replace microscopy'

6 October 2011

High-quality medical imaging can now be performed with an iPhone, according to academics in California.

Researchers from the University of California (UC) have created a modified iPhone with an application that can be used to perform detailed microscopy and spectroscopy.

The heightened senses of the smartphone cost little more than a regular app and could help doctors and nurses diagnose blood diseases in developing nations where many hospitals have limited access to laboratory equipment.

Medical professionals using the app can send real-time data to other professionals all over the globe.

Sebastian Wachsmann-Hogiu, a physicist with UC Davis's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Center for Biophotonics, Science and Technology, led the research and said: "Field workers could put a blood sample on a slide, take a picture and send it to specialists to analyse."

Researchers will present the findings at the Optical Society's annual meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2011, which will take place in San Jose, California from October 16th to 20th.

The unveiling of this new groundbreaking app will come weeks after the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died today (October 6th) after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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