iPhone Gadget Detects Some Cancerous Cells With 99% Accuracy

A portable cancer-detecting device built around an iPhone’s camera is up to 99% accurate when looking for some types of cancer. Lei Li, an assistant professor who led the Washington State University research team, says the gadget detects cancerous cells quickly. It can analyze eight samples at once.

The system works by looking for human interleukin-6, which is connected to prostate, liver, lung, breast, and epithelial cancers. It can be measured using a spectrometer, thereby indicating whether or not cancerous cells are present.

Since the gadget is relatively inexpensive and based around a smartphone, it could be particularly helpful in countries where medical care is harder to access.

The spectrometer would be especially useful in clinics and hospitals that have a large number of samples without on-site labs, or for doctors who practice abroad or in remote areas,
– Li

Li’s team is further developing the system so that it can work with other smartphones.