Debasmita Banerjee
Debasmita Banerjee
Instrumentation

Newly Devised Image Analysis Lab-Tool To Be A Boon For Cancer Detection

A bet on life – incorporating a full-fledged laboratory inside a smartphone, this is how the world seems to reciprocate the upcoming application, ready to vanquish Cancer. A group of researchers from Washington State University has clubbed an image analysis tool with high-end functionalities that can test several samples to search for a biomarker. Quality wise, it is top notch. Plus with the lab-quality results, if offers a low-cost portable device that almost anybody has.

Team leader Lei Li, assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering has directed to the point that medical technologies are following the trend of getting handy. For example, Diabetes testing is now easy with smartphone applications. Many of the contemporary portables feature hart-rate monitors, calorie counters etc. In this era, it was required to lower down the most advertised cause of fear, Cancer in the grip of our hands.

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Just like he thought, with the newest devices patients are likely to get an instant solution that can save days, months, years once required knowing it’s Cancer. Medical professionals now, in fact, recommend similar bio-detection technologies for a smart cure. Agreeing to the similar note, the application was curated in the first place.

The team devised an eight channel smartphone spectrometer sensitive to human interleukin-6 (IL-6), a known biomarker detecting lung, prostate, liver, breast and epithelial cancers. Following the principles of a spectrometer, it can analyze the significant identities by measuring the light spectrum of a sample. Comparing with today’s single sample detection oriented smartphone spectrometer, Li’s multichannel spectrometer can analyze 8 sample depending upon a colorimetric test named ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay), designed to catch antibodies and color change.

In the lab-experiment, the team used a smartphone spectrometer with standard samples that was proven to be 99% accurate. Now, they have already planned to dry run the application in real time situation. Professor Li implied that their tool will immensely help serve clinics and hospitals to test samples having no labs. Plus doctors working abroad or in remote areas would also extract benefits from it. Currently, the design has been tested in iPhone 5, his new adjustable design would soon be compatible with most other smartphones. The whole report of their application has now been published in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics.

Source: WSU

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