Can the power of mobile phones be used to improve tuberculosis diagnosis in developing countries?


Zimic, M; Coronel, J; Gilman, RH; Luna, CG; Curioso, WH; Moore, DA; (2009) Can the power of mobile phones be used to improve tuberculosis diagnosis in developing countries? Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 103 (6). pp. 638-40. ISSN 0035-9203 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trstmh.2008.10.015

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Abstract

The low-cost Microscopic Observation Drug Susceptibility (MODS) assay is a non-proprietary test that delivers rapid and accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) and multidrug-resistant TB. Although methodologically straightforward, implementation is challenging in isolated settings where personnel trained in plate reading are lacking. One affordable strategy to address this shortfall is the use of mobile phones, first to transmit images captured by an inverted microscope to a remote site where pattern recognition is performed by trained personnel, and second to receive the resulting output of this analysis. Such a system could be used for training of laboratory personnel through distance learning, resolution of equivocal appearances and quality assurance.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: *Cellular Phone, Developing Countries, Humans, Medically Underserved Area, Microscopy, Telemedicine/economics/*methods, Tuberculosis/*diagnosis/economics, Tuberculosis, Multidrug-Resistant/diagnosis/economics, Cellular Phone, Developing Countries, Humans, Medically Underserved Area, Microscopy, Telemedicine, economics, methods, Tuberculosis, diagnosis, economics, Tuberculosis, Multidrug-Resistant, diagnosis, economics
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
Research Centre: TB Centre
PubMed ID: 19036392
Web of Science ID: 266893300017
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/3342

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