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U of Arizona researchers hope to stop some cancers with a smartphone

University of Arizona researchers have developed technology that can allow clinicians in rural clinics to diagnose Kaposi's sarcoma using smartphone confocal microscopes, or imaging devices that collect light from a single pinhole to create high-resolution images viewable on a smartphone, according to a university article.
The low cost, easy-to-use and portable devices have a potential to make early diagnosis, more effective treatment and lower mortality rates possible, the article states.

Assistant professor Dongkyun "DK" Kang of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the College of Optical Sciences developed the idea of imaging human tissue in vivo, or on a living person, using a smartphone attached to a microscope.

“I started looking for clinical applications where it would be useful, and that's how I met Esther Freeman, the director of global health dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, who has been working to treat the skin cancer Kaposi's sarcoma in Africa for almost a decade,” he said in the article. “She had a clinical problem. I had an interesting technology that could potentially help.”
 
Working with Freeman and Aggrey Semeere, a physician in Uganda, the technology was developed.

“Not only does DK create novel biomedical optics tools, but he puts them to use to help the world's most underserved people,” said Jennifer Barton, professor of biomedical engineering and director of the BIO5 Institute. Barton is a leader in developing cancer-screening endoscopes and mentored Kang for this project. Barton is a BMES member.

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