September 21, 2011
Diagnosing Cancer Cells Using Smartphone Apps and Data Visualization
Scientists are developing healthcare-related smartphone apps that could actually save lives. The new apps are designed to help doctors by integrating with medical devices, enabling the smartphone to become the tool for data handling, analytics, visualization and communication. Tibco reports.
Scientists at the Center for Systems Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital have integrating a microNMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) device that accurately detects cancer cells with a smartphone.
The prototype device lets doctors extract small amounts of cells from a mass inside of a patient, analyze the sample immediately, get the results in an hour, then give the results to other doctors as well as quickly put the information into the patientís medical records rapidly. And the device only costs $200.
Although the microNMR is a great device in its own right, when itís connected to a smartphone it also solves another screening dilemma: rapid and accurate analysis, which means doctors can extract cells from the patient and analyze them immediately instead of sending them out to be tested.
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