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June 12, 2012

Smartphone Otoscope for the Masses

The geniuses at UC Berkley (Cellscope) have developed an otoscope that can attach to a smartphone allowing visualization of the eardrum on the phone's screen.

Possible applications include allowing parents to take pictures of their child's ear on the smartphone and emailing to their physician rather than a clinic visit for diagnosis of an ear infection, fluid behind the eardrum, or eardrum perforation.

Not for sale yet... as far as I know...

Here is their original research paper describing this idea which extends not just to eardrum visualization, but any application where magnification is required.

Reference:
Mobile Phone Based Clinical Microscopy for Global Health Applications. PLoS ONE 4(7): e6320. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006320

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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