mobile microscopy for the masses

          


description:

CellScope combines diagnostic microscopy with cell phone convenience to expand access to basic healthcare in remote regions.

Effective healthcare requires reliable patient data and a trained physician to interpret the data and guide treatment. In many developing countries, bringing those two components together – reliable data and trained physicians – is a tremendous challenge. Healthcare personnel are frequently under-trained and under-equipped, often facing excessive patient loads with minimal equipment. Light microscopy is one of the most important clinical tools for routine examinations. However, high-quality light microscopes commonly available in the developed world are rarer than physicians in some developing countries. We have combined a cell phone and standard optical parts into a clinical-quality light microscope that can transmit images of patient samples remotely for evaluation by specialists. Such a cell phone microscope – which we call the CellScope – will address both healthcare data collection and diagnosis problems in developing countries and rural areas by linking the two through wireless communication.


scientists:

Arunan Skandarajah     Clay Reber     
Frankie Myers

website:

[CellScope]

photo credits (left to right):
-Using the CellScope to look at filamentous plant matter from the still water of the Peruvian Amazon.
Photo Credit Gautham Venugopalan
-CellScope prototype
-Demonstrating the CellScope\'s capabilities at Goma Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Photo Credit Erik Douglas