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Scientists develop a cancer-detecting smartphone add-on that’s up to 99% accurate

by Jessica Hall, EXTREME TECH

Researchers from Washington State University have come up with a diagnostic rig that can use a smartphone, a prism, and an ELISA plate to detect cancer. In the controlled settings of their lab, with the high-purity reagents they had to work with, the researchers were able to detect the cancer marker interleukin-6 (IL-6) with 99% accuracy.

Obviously results in the field will not reflect the near-ideal conditions of lab work. The concepts, though, are solid. The rig consists of a back lit ELISA assaying plate with 96 wells, a “micro-prism array,” and a 3D printed cradle that holds a smartphone with a camera. The diagnostician using the rig would take samples from a patient, put them in the assay plate, and turn on the back-light. Continue reading Scientists develop a cancer-detecting smartphone add-on that’s up to 99% accurate