UC Berkeley’s Science Review magazine has a fresh look at Dan Fletcher’s microscope attachment for cell phones. The phone uses a 60X optical lens, a 20X eyepiece, and optics embedded within the cell phone to attain 3 megapixel resolution. Field testing will begin soon.The group is also developing a software package for the microscope that will automatically count cells with a specified amount of dye. This should add efficiency and reduce human error in reading stained samples, such as those used to diagnose TB.
For more information on this device and more point of care diagnostics being developed at UC Berkley, visit http://sciencereview.berkeley.edu/articleex.php?issue=17&article=features_04_canyouhealmenow