3 years ago

'Smart Diagnosis' of Parasites using Smartphones.

Muhammad A Saeed, Abdul Jabbar
Accurate and rapid diagnosis is crucial in combating parasitic diseases that cause millions of deaths worldwide. However, the scarcity of specialized diagnostic equipment in low-to-middle income countries is one of the barriers in effective management of parasitic diseases, which warrants the need for alternative, inexpensive and point-of-care diagnostic tools. Due to their multiple built-in sensors, smartphones offer cost-effective alternative to expensive diagnostic devices. However, the use of smartphones in parasitic diagnoses remains in its infancy. This mini-review describes various smartphone-based devices, applied specifically for the diagnosis of parasitic diseases and discusses challenges and potential implications for their use in future.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.01469-17

DOI: 10.1128/JCM.01469-17

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