A research group from the University of Washington created a mobile phone application that diagnoses pancreas cancer.
Pancreas tumor is often found when metastases have already expanded. BiliScreen app developers assure that their program will determine the disease at the initial stages.
The user is offered to take a picture of their eyes using special cardboard glasses that block all external light. The system scans the whites of the eyes, checking for an elevated bilirubin level, which gives the sclera a yellowish shade. Even a slight change will be spotted, which will allow consulting a doctor at the right time. You can do the diagnosis at any convenient place, without medical assistance or high expenses.
The product test, which was conducted on 70 volunteers, showed 90% accuracy. The developers plan teaching BiliScreen not to respond to external light, so that patients wouldn’t have to put on special glasses. The device will be presented in September at the Ubicomp conference 2017.