New Technology Can Diagnose Diseases Using Cell Phone Photos

Posted: Jan 15 2017, 6:48am CST | by , Updated: Jan 15 2017, 6:50am CST, in News | Latest Science News

New Technology can Diagnose Diseases using Cell Phone Photos
Novel image analysis technology enables new insights in complex systems biomolecules networks. By enhanced multi-color imaging scientists at USC's Translational Imaging Center access a new information dimension that reveals interactions between molecules. In the figure, a Zebrafish embryo with six different colors was analyzed by Francesco Cutrale and Scott E. Fraser at the University of Southern California's Translational Imaging Center. Credit: USC Translational Imaging Center

A new image analysis technique can use cell phone images to quickly find and track important biological molecules, including tell-tale signs of disease.

Developed by scientists from the University of Southern California (USC), "Hyper-Spectral Phasor" analysis, or HySP, has the ability to look at many different molecules in one pass.

"By looking at multiple targets or watching targets move over time, we can get a much better view of what is actually happening within complex living systems," said Francesco Cutrale from the USC.

The study says that one day it might also be possible for clinicians to use HySP to analyze cell phone pictures of skin lesions to determine if they are at risk of being cancerous.

Clinicians could examine the patient further to be certain of a diagnosis and respond appropriately.

Researchers use fluorescent imaging to locate proteins and other molecules in cells and tissues that works by tagging the molecules with dyes that glow under certain kinds of light.

"Both scientists at the bench and scientists at the clinic will be able to perform their work faster and with greater confidence in the results," Cutrale said in a study published in the journal Nature Methods.

Journal Reference:

Francesco Cutrale, Vikas Trivedi, Le A Trinh, Chi-Li Chiu, John M Choi, Marcela S Artiga, Scott E Fraser. Hyperspectral phasor analysis enables multiplexed 5D in vivo imaging. Nature Methods, 2017; DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.4134

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