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iPhone app tells you if you have skin cancer in seconds

RATE THIS! +11
Posted in Medicine on 10th May, 2014 11:48 PM by AlexMuller

Nobody wants skin cancer. Nobody wants cancer, period. But you can't beat cancer if you don't know if you have it or not. Fortunately, there's an app that can detect if you have skin cancer or not. DermoScreen is an iPhone app by a George Zouridakis, a professor of engineering technology at the University of Houston, that's been in development since 2005.

 

The app is about as simple as you can imagine: in conjunction with a dermoscope attachment, you take a pic of your skin (a mole, lesion, etc.), and the software will tell you if you might have skin cancer within seconds.

 
The app has an 85 percent accuracy rate according to Zouridakis, which is on par with what a biopsy will give you. Sure, the dermoscope itself is a hefty $500 add-on, but the peace of mind you'll have knowing if that brown mole with the hair growing out of it is actually cancerous or not makes it worth it.
 
This isn't the first time we've seen a cancer-detecting iPhone gizmo. Back in 2011, Harvard and MIT scientists developed a $200 handheld scanner that used antibodies and magnetic particles extracted from a patient to test for cancer cells.
 
The scanner had a 96 percent accuracy rate, but it also took about an hour to get results. The DermoScreen app only takes seconds. However, it is limited to scanning for melanomas.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-05-11
+1
Medical apps are coming and some are very useful and straightforward. This could help not only individuals in developed countries but also doctors across the developing world where access to laboratories and accurate test is a limitation - more apps the better! Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-23
+0
Of course exrspuoe tot he radiation is a cancer hazard. Did you know that the little holes on the front panel are designed in a specific size to prevent radiation leakage? It does not mean that leakage can not occur around the door seal. I have noticed that microwaves also have warnings about the rear of the device; I assume that no shielding is provided for the rear of the machine. Reply


 

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