Mobile Phones: The New HIV and Malaria Testing Lab

Modern cellphones have been modified to hold a camera sensor which diagnoses Malaria and helps to monitor the HIV virus among patients, says head of Bio and Nano Photonics Labratory at UCLA.

Electron Micrograph Image (cell shadow) image of HIV-1 Virus sent though a mobile phone via CDC

Electron Micrograph Image (cell shadow) image of HIV-1 Virus sent though a mobile phone via CDC

Dr Adogan Ozcan says it only takes  5 minutes  for the phone to send a text blood test results.  He says each cell has a unique shadow, and that the mobile uses it’s photos option to take a picture of the shadows found in a blood sample.

The optics expert says he believes this technology would be helpful. And that globally most HIV patients don’t have the resources to  draw blood and send it a central lab to get an analysis.

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