Use Smartphone As A Tool To Diagnose Diseases?

Author: Dan Reyes
Published: January 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm

The popularity of smartphone is soaring nowadays. People use their smartphone as a personal digital assistant, camera, media player, surf the Web, and for texting, just to name a few. But somehow communication and collaboration are not the only things that a smartphone can accomplish and provide to us, humans.

According to a report, scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) claim that touchscreen technology can be used to detect biomolecular matter. The study has formed from the idea that touchscreens work by recognizing electronic charges from a human touch, and therefore the presence of specific proteins and DNA should be recognizable as well.

The KAIST team confirmed that touchscreens on smartphone are able to recognize DNA molecules with nearly 100 percent accuracy just like a conventional medical equipment can.

Hyungyu Park, one of the scientist on the team says that blood or urine sample could be placed on a strip, which could then be fed into the phone or a module attached to the phone and use it as a cancer diagnosing device.

At this time KAIST scientists made no timeline about when could all this happen, but the research seem promising.

Meanwhile, I urge people to still consult a doctor for help in diagnosing their health problems and disease conditions and just wait until this on-going research has finally concluded on a victorious note.


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