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Your iPhone could detect cancer soon



Health is one of the most profitable industries reported. Apple knows this and has spent years investing in it, either from the Health app to the development of its iPhone and Apple Watch devices. But it is not the only fortunately many researchers carry out vital research to improve our health and for diseases that currently hit us harshly as cancer, become a hindrance in the not too distant future.

This is the case of the research team at Washington State University, led by Professor Li Lei, who has just published a paper with the design of a prototype of a portable laboratory controlled by any iPhone . This amazing laboratory is able to detect cancer with 99% accuracy almost instantly. In addition, you will also be able to analyze up to eight samples at once.


Why you are handled with an iPhone?


Although the medium term is estimated that can be used with other smartphones, currently the app to control this portable lab is designed for iPhone. While it is not the first medical instrument controlled by a smartphone, the challenge was to analyze many samples simultaneously and with such high precision. To do so Li has worked with an iPhone 5, due to its simplicity and stability.

How portable laboratory able to detect cancer?


The gadget developed by the team of Professor Li is basically formed by a spectrometer by measuring the spectrum of light absorbed by a sample, detects a biomarker - analyzing the amount and type of chemicals - used for tinting cancer cells kidney, liver, breast and epithelium.

"WITH OUR SPECTROMETER EIGHT CHANNELS WE CAN ANALYZE EIGHT SAMPLES AT ONCE, OR PERFORM EIGHT DIFFERENT TESTS THE SAME SAMPLE. THUS, WE INCREASE DEVICE EFFICIENCY.

THE SPECTROMETER WILL BE ESPECIALLY USEFUL IN CLINICS AND HOSPITALS WITH A LONG WAITING LIST, OR FOR DOCTORS WORKING IN REMOTE AREAS AND CAN NOT WEAR A LAB TOP. "

As you can imagine, this instrument will have a huge impact on cancer prevention and detection worldwide. Not only for their work itself, but for its portability, allowing a transfer in rural areas where access to hospitals or health centers density is low.
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