iphonemicro 2509363b iPhone converted into medical microscope

Scientists have turned an Apple iPhone into a microscope for detecting intestinal worm infections, highlighting the potential of everyday technology for medical uses.

Scientists have turned an Apple iPhone into a microscope for detecting intestinal worm infections, highlighting the potential of everyday technology for medical uses.

 
A torch and a £5 lens were added to the smartphone using double-sized tape, allowing the researchers to take zoomed in pictures of stool samples. Some of these were found to contain parasitic eggs.
 
The findings were compared with results taken using a laboratory microscope, with the iPhone managing to detect 70 percent of infections. While this is a high success rate, Dr. Issac Bogoch told the BBC that he was not happy with the accuracy and would prefer 80 percent or higher.
 
iphonemicro 2509363b iPhone converted into medical microscope
 
There is still work to be done before smartphones become viable medical microscopes, but Bogoch said he wanted to use affordable and easy to procure technology. He added that any smartphone with a decent camera and zoom could be used.
 
Consumer technology is gradually gaining traction in the medical world, with surgeons employing the Kinect for keyhole surgery and an iPhone eye examination accessory securing medical approval. We are almost certain to see new and unusual uses of mobiles and other devices over the coming months and years.
 
Source: The Telegraph
Image Credit: Dr. Issac Bogoch