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Blood diagnosis app 'can detect diseases'

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Posted in Science on 6th Aug, 2014 02:47 AM by AlexMuller

The app, called Athelas, won a prize at a coding event held by the prestigious start-up hub Y Combinator. The team says it can detect diseases such as malaria and cancers in seconds, through so-called predictive cell counting. But experts warned of the difficulty of reproducing the quality of medical labs results using just a smartphone.

 
Users take a picture of their blood using the lens attachment, which is then sent to the app's servers, and the results are then sent back to them. Team leader Tanay Tandon said in his submission: "For more than two centuries, cell morphology, or the practice of viewing/analysing a person's blood in order to diagnose conditions, has been the primary way to approach medicine.
 
"Yet, despite the critical nature of blood analysis to the medical industry - the process has hardly changed from its long, expensive form for 150 years." Mr Tandon added that in "rural areas, the tech will really shine, providing previously unavailable diagnostic skills through the power of artificial intelligence and computer vision".

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-06
+1
Indeed, this app could be helpful as the first line of diagnosis in the areas where equipment that good, specialised lab have is lacking. However, limitations are also clear - morphology of blood cells and their relative numbers is a small part of diagnostic process in many diseases
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-06
+1
I agree. There is a limit to what can be learned from just having pictures of blood cells. However, this is an impressive and helpful advance Reply
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