4 Nov 2017

Smart phone apps for disease diagnosis

From This Way Up, 12:40 pm on 4 November 2017

The smartphone in your pocket is packed full of sensors, and as the most ubiquitous piece of technology on the planet, lots of people are exploring the health applications for this portable computer that we all carry around with us.

Alex Mariakakis of The University of Washington is using smartphone cameras and some machine learning to turn typically subjective medical observations into something more medically useful.

He's hoping the apps he's working on could be used to provide a quick and early diagnosis of diseases and conditions including concussion, jaundice and even pancreatic cancer.