CellScope: Smartphone-enabled microscopy for portable diagnosis of tuberculosis (including a trial of tuberculosis detection in rural Vietnam)
Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology – Public Health (CIDM-PH) together with Sydney Institute for Emerging Infections and Biosecurity (SEIB) invite you to attend a research seminar on CellScope: Smartphone-enabled microscopy for portable diagnosis of tuberculosis (including a trial of tuberculosis detection in rural Vietnam)
Presenter: Dr Lina Nilson from University of California Berkeley
When: Friday, 11 May 2012
Time: 3.00pm - 4.00pm
Where: Seminar Room 4, Education Block - Westmead Hospital
Mobile phones are becoming ubiquitous around the globe, with coverage extending to rural areas that otherwise have little access to basic services such as health care. Microscopes, on the other hand, are among the most fundamental tools in medical diagnostics but are generally available only in major hospital laboratories. To address this issue, we have developed the CellScope, a medical-grade microscope based on mobile phone technology and designed for portable use in rural settings. With the battery-powered CellScope, diagnostic microscope images can be taken in point-of-care settings and sent wirelessly to central healthcare centers for diagnostic confirmation by experts or can be processed on the phone itself by automated image analysis and immediate diagnosis. To date, low-magnification and high-magnification versions of the CellScope have been tested in the laboratory and in limited field settings for diseases including tuberculosis, urinary tract infection, trachoma, blood parasites, ear infections, and retinal diseases.
About the presenter:
Dr Lina Nilsson is a researcher with the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California Berkeley. She leads the CellScope’s team in a 1-year diagnostics trial in Hanoi Province, a collaboration with the Vietnam National Tuberculosis Program. She also works on the development on novel diagnostic applications for CellScope, including neglected tropical diseases.