Smartphone-based diagnosis tool promises to speed cancer detection
Sept 20, 2015
A new smartphone-based mHealth device promises to slash today’s cancer diagnosis to an hour, decrease a patient’s anxiety level regarding potential illness and drive faster treatment, especially in remote regions across the world.
A D3 system (digital diffraction diagnosis) designed by Ralph Weissleder, Ph.D., director of the Center for Systems Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and colleague Hakho Lee, Ph.D., allows physicians to assess and analyze cells from a blood sample, biopsy or Pap smear via the phone’s high-resolution imaging technology using a small slide that is clipped onto the smartphone, according to anannouncement.
A pilot program reveals the device performs as well as current traditional pathology processes.