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Malaria Detection Using Cell Phones Wins Gates Grant

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BEERSHEBA, Israel, May 15, 2011 — Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researcher Alberto Bilenca has been awarded a prestigious grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a fast, low-cost device to accuracy diagnose malaria without the need for blood collection in field settings. Bilenca's project is based on a standard cell phone camera and a red laser pointer that can noninvasively obtain finger blood perfusion images with excellent resolution and contrast in less than 1 s. It uses the principles of optical polarization/speckle and cell phone technology built into a portable probe to creates images...Read full article

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