Sunday, June 1, 2008

Combating Cervical Cancer with Cameraphones

This is the start of a small series covering the projects at MIT's D-Lab II, Information and Communications Technologies for Development, or ICT4D short. The results of the semester-long class resulted applications for microfinance, telemedicine, mobile disaster management technoloogies, and rapid pneumonia response systems.

The following is a video highlighting efforts in their project for detection and treatment of cervical cancer.

From their project page
We are developing the process that would facilitate the use of mobile device to transport images taken by nurses at health care centers (point-of-care) in rural Zambia to a server in Lusaka where doctors can access the images in order to provide expert advice on cervical lesions. We would like to explore the use of this approach to facilitate a scalable national cervical cancer screening program. Finally, we would like to design a platform that would allow transfer of the images directly to an electronic medical record database for archiving.


A said...

That is such a very cool use of mobile phones. I think we're going to see a lot of good stuff as people do more thinking about mobile phones as info gatherers and not just receivers of information.

Nenad said...

We are developing a similar device but for transferring high resolution cytological images and using a biomarker-based cytological method, digital imaging, an IT communication protocol, and now are preparing a new diagnostic protocol. For more information please visit our web site
We think that we both may benefit by exchanging some experience. If you wish, you may contact us via the addresses on the web site.
Congratulations for your idea and the development so far.
Dr. Nenad Markovic