Aydogan Ozcan on Mobile Diagnostics
UCLA professor Aydogan Ozcan has discovered how to convert cellphones into microscopes by relying on shadow imaging instead of expensive optics. In time, he told us, the ability to conduct tests and detect infectious diseases by leveraging mobile technologies in resource-poor settings could transform public health.
“This lets us do some extraordinary things,” Ozcan says. “We can diagnose sickle-cell anemia, count cell signatures based on their texture, get complete blood counts and detect bacteria like E. coli in water, potentially avoiding contamination.”
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