Smartphone app credit Ali Yetisen

Smartphone diagnostics

University of Cambridge researchers have developed a new app which turns any smartphone into a portable medical diagnostic device could help in the fight against diseases including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in the developing world.

Led by Ali Yetisen, a PhD student in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology,  the app accurately measures colour-based, or colorimetric, tests for use in home, clinical or remote settings, and enables the transmission of medical data from patients directly to health professionals. This could make monitoring conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, and urinary tract infections much clearer and easier for both patients and doctors, and could eventually be used to slow or limit the spread of pandemics in the developing world.

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