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Smartphone, MD: Going Viral

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The app uses a smartphone’s camera to measure a chemical reaction and determines a diagnosis in 25 minutes — at a fraction of the cost of current diagnostic methods.

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A smartphone application and laboratory kit developed by scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) working with Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital physicians can diagnose COVID-19, COVID variants, and flu virus infections.

The smaRT-LAMP kit costs less than $100 to build, and only requires a saliva sample from the patient.

The free app uses a smartphone's camera to analyze a chemical reaction in the sample, and can provide a diagnosis in just 25 minutes.

UCSB's Michael Mahan said, “Nearly half the world’s population has a smartphone, and we believe that this holds exciting potential to provide fair and equal access to precision diagnostic medicine.”

From The Current (University of California, Santa Barbara)
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