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Handheld smartphone device could detect cancer

The Mobile OCT (which stands for Optical Coherence Tomography) device can analyse potential tumours, and is being developed in Tel Aviv.

More than five billion people around the world have access to a mobile phone but notto a physician and are therefore often unable to catch cancer early enough so that it can be treated.

The mission of Mobile OCT is to give everyone an affordable way to save their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

Costing £240, or $400, the device consists of a smartphone to take the images, a lens, some lights and a plastic handle. The images are then assessed by the device’s operator and are then uploaded for review by a professional.

The images taken on the smartphone can tell the healthcare professional the shape, size and potential grade of a tumour, along with the blood supply to the area, something which is detected by shining a green light on the affected body area. The assessed by the operator, it can be sent on to professionals who can identify the abnormalities in the tissue that indicate the formation and growth of cancer, doing so inexpensively and in any setting, such as a hospital, surgery, clinic or on the move.

“Our mission is to enable anyone who has access to a mobile phone, the ability to save their lives and the lives of the people they love. And the best way to do that is to make the hardware open source. So until now, we’ve printed everything using 3D printers, and what we want to do is to enable any person, anywhere in the world to be able to create their own devices and in doing so, screen the people who they want to save their lives.” said Ariel Beery, the CEO of MobileOCT.

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