New smartphone microscope able to detect blood parasites quickly

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SHAFAQNA – According to Medicalnewstodys reported that , Researchers have developed a new smartphone microscope capable of detecting and quantifying infection by parasitic worms using video and a single drop of blood. The team hopes that this new technology could make a difference in the battle against neglected tropical diseases.

Results of a pilot study are published in Science Translational Medicine and suggest that the video provided by the device could help health workers make important treatment decisions in the field.

“We previously showed that mobile phones can be used for microscopy, but this is the first device that combines the imaging technology with hardware and software automation to create a complete diagnostic solution,” says Daniel Fletcher, an associate chair and professor of bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

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