Smartphones as microscopes

Smartphones as microscopes

Summary: A UCLA doctor has developed a technology that lets a smartphone work as a microscope. The potential for field delivery of medical care is tremendous.

TOPICS: Health, Mobility

Here at ZDNet Health we love to cover clever uses of mobile devices.

Dr. Aydogan Ozcan of UCLA has gone way beyond clever, and developed a technology with the potential to dramatically change healthcare delivery. He has developed a way to put microanalysis tools on cell phones, basically turning them into inexpensive and portable mobile microscopes. This lets healthcare workers in hard-to-reach locations accurately diagnose and treat patients outside the traditional healthcare setting.

Although this may be extremely helpful in situations where no hospital care is available, especially in developing nations, it might also help bring down healthcare costs right here in the U.S.

Watch this YouTube video to see a smartphone become a go anywhere medical diagnostic device.

Topics: Health, Mobility


Denise Amrich is a Registered Nurse, the health care advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, and a mentor for the Virtual Campus at Florida's Brevard Community College.

Nothing in this article is meant to be a substitute for medical advice, and shouldn't be considered as such. If you are in need of medical help, please see your doctor.

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  • Sigh

    First, the video doesn't actually show what your caption purports it to show. It is just a call for continued funding of medical research. Second, this story is like two years old already.