Scientists have developed a novel gadget that converts the iPhone into a powerful medical tool to review skin cancers.
The wonder device named 'Handyscope' when plugged with an app into the Apple smartphone turns iPhone into a dermatascope, which doctors use to detect cancer.
Marketing Manager of the device Valeska Heinrich said, "The Handyscope combines the latest communication technology with a sophisticated tool for skin cancer screening, opening up a new era for cancer diagnosis.
"This is a very exciting innovation and the first of its kind in the world. The Handyscope makes skin examinations much more convenient by allowing them to be carried out anywhere. The brilliant dermatoscopic photos on-screen show important details at a glance, so a decision can quickly be made on whether a mole is suspicious."
Working of Handyscope
The Handyscope uses a polarising light to check whether a mole is malignant. It has a standardized zoom and auto-focus that clicks images of a mole with a single tap of the iPhone's touchscreen.
The special feature of the device is that the images captured can be mailed immediately to the dermatologist for an early diagnosis. Images can be enlarged on the full screen at 20 times their actual size and then saved with another tap on the screen. The shooting date and time is automatically recorded with the uploaded images.
In addition, the relevant data of the patient and other necessary information can also be added manually. All the data is encrypted and can be protected with a password to preserve doctor/patient confidentiality.
Dr David Pye, a researcher based at Salford University stated, "This is a powerful piece of kit which could be very useful for people in the profession assessing whether a mole is cancerous.
"Sending images around the world for expert diagnosis could be incredibly helpful and this is the first time I've ever seen anything like this before.
"During a mole examination you're looking for things like irregular edges and unusual colouration, which the device would be very good at picking up.
"However, I don't think it will be Joe Bloggs performing examinations at home - this is likely to be for doctors who could do with a second opinion."
Handyscope an expensive gadget
Handyscope is made by German-based firm FotoFinder is an expensive technology. The gadget, which is being launched today is priced at £995 while the app needed to use it costs £6.99.
The Handyscope can be purchased online and the app can be bought from the Apple iTunes store.
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