Mind and Body

Smartphone May Help Diagnose Cancerous Tumor Within Hour

The latest cell phone innovation could leave patients able to diagnose themselves, The Boston Globe reported.

Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a portable smartphone device with the ability to analyze tissue to determine if a tumor is cancerous. The results can be determined in as little as an hour and then are displayed on the screen of the phone.

In the research trial, the device was used on 50 people who had suspicious stomach tissue, and correctly diagnosed 48 of them.

Although the technology is still in very early stages, scientists have found its results to be promising. Other traditional biopsy methods take days to produce results.

The device is expected to cost just $200 to produce, which gives scientists hope that it could affect cancer care in developing countries.

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