iPhone Peripheral

iPhone Useful Accessories, Apps-based Compatible Medical Uses

 The iPhone is a versaltile, powerful minicomputer, whose asset are amply exploited in the medical fields, and shows no sign of slowing down  The iPhone is USEFUL, in many situations, even without a bluetooth, or broadband connection, and has a use besides a platform for Medical Apps.  When used as an accessory in medicine, it is called a PERIPHERAL.

Cell-Phone-Based Platform for Biomedical Device Development and Education Applications

A good introductory paper to the use of the Smartphone as a peripheral

The iPhone uses peripherals for EK’Gs, glucometer, microscopes, and spectrometers,  but those four periperhals have separate pages to discuss them. 

The “BioAssembler System”

iPhone  Measures Drug Toxicity, and Speeds up Culture Growth


A company from Houston, Texas, n3D Biosciences,  is harnessing both the computing power of the iPhone, as well as its powerful optical properties to, essentially, record and interpret the movement of cell cultures, when exposed to various drug toxic environments, thereby testing drug potency, or toxicity.  By utilizing  a device called a “Bio-Assembler” they utilize magnetic levitation to speed the process of cell movement, in a more realistic 3d environment than the 2D Petri dish.  The iPhone takes time sequence  photos, and the company’s program interprets the movement data.  There is a much faster growth of cell (hrs versus weeks).

 For a detailed explanation of the n3D system pictured below, go HERE.


(iPhone App and n3D system)

See also their website for more info.  Overall, the company hopes to use the iPhone to “….to apply this breakthrough technology in the fields of toxicology screening, drug discovery, and regenerative medicine: and,  specifically,  to apply the technology for cancer and stem cell research…”.  As we contend in other parts of this website, cancers days are numbered!  Between fantastic devices like this as well as advances in microscopy, and radiology, cancer cells can be more accurately isolated, manipulated, and evaluated.

See the following short video that helps explain this exciting technology

Nanosensor Tattoo

At Northwestern Univeristy, a technology is being developed to measure sodium and oxygen blood levers utilizing an iPhone and a nanosensor “tatoo”.  It basically consists of injecting nanosensors into the skin; these sensors fluoresce when combining with glucose or sodium, and the iPhone can be programmed to take images, which are then analyzed, and the levels of sodium or glucose  in the blood revealed. \ by the amount of fluorescence.

SpiroSmart iPhone App

Accurately Estimates Lung Air Volume

iPhones will soon take the place of the spirometer.  At the University of Washington Medical Center, an iPhone App has been developed to make an algorithm with the audio portion of an expiration, and there is a 5% difference in studies performed, compared against the ole spirometer.

iPhone Breathalyzer

“Most people keep their phones on them at all times (including when you’re drinking), which is why the iPega Alcohol Breathalyzer is so convenient. This portable breathalyzer plugs right into the bottom of the iOS device and displays the 2 digit BAC (blood alcohol content) on the LCD screen. No need to use blowpipe, just blow into the air hole.”

Could help with avoiding drunk driving.

See slideshow to see how it looks on the iPhone.

See excellent blog about the use of the iPhone as a Soulmate”, which Knows your Body Better than you do


Peripheral that attatches to Smartphone to diagnose Cataracts

Iphone to Diagnose Atrial Fibrillation
iPhone and App to Aid in Workup of Vertigo






In the final stages or research, but looks like it is going to happern.

iPhone Makes Decision to Employ Peripherals: 2009!!

Read this article, about Apple making the decision to allow peripherals to dock into the iPhone.  This decision changed Medicine.  RIP Mr Jobs.


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