ICTs for Development

February 8, 2009

Cell Phone = Mobile Medical Lab

Filed under: Uncategorized — candicee88 @ 6:41 pm

Here’s the link to a really interesting article, guys.


A UCLA professor took a Sony Ericsson cell phone, added a few parts, and produced a detailed image on the phone that shows the thousands of cells in a small fluid sample such as human blood. The device is called LUCAS. It uses a short wavelength blue light to illuminate a sample of liquid — blood, saliva or another fluid — on a laboratory slide. LUCAS captures the image to a chip in the cell phone. If the phone is loaded with an algorithm program, it then counts the microparticles much faster than a human can. The image also can be transmitted wirelessly to a computer, which analyzes it and sends back a text message with the results. The further development of this technology could have huge ramifications for healthcare workers who travel overseas – they could run tests on entire villages and get results back in minutes.


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