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Smartphone Fluorescence Microscopy Allows Cost-Effective Molecular Diagnostics

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Portable imaging and sensing devices can provide robust systems for both developing and developed countries.

QINGSHAN WEI, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, AND AYDOGAN OZCAN, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES

Lack of diagnostic tools in resource-limited settings remains one of the major obstacles to disease diagnosis and treatment in the developing world. Although significant progress has been made in the availability of highly sensitive and specific molecular diagnostic tests, most of the current technologies are costly, relatively complex, and rely on advanced infrastructure and highly trained personnel, which restrict their applications to clinical laboratory settings. Even in developed countries, the cost of medical diagnostics can impose hurdles for patients. Imaging and sensing devices...Read full article

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