Developing tools for faster, low-cost microscopy diagnosis
The treatment and prevention of infectious and chronic diseases are dependent on their early detection. Microscopy is the gold standard tool for the diagnosis of tens of these diseases, however it has barely changed since its conception 150 years ago. It still requires the presence of an expert microscopist to manually review samples under the microscope, which isn’t always practical or financially feasible. The EU-funded SpotLab project aims to address this problem by bringing microscopy to the digital era, enabling remote diagnosis to reduce the time, costs and distances involved in microscopy diagnosis. Its solution is based on a smartphone transformed into a portable, smart and low-cost medical device, a flexible telemedicine platform that can be tailored to multiple diagnosis protocols and AI models. The project aims to advance early detection and diagnosis through microscopy.
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