Smartphone Device Can Quickly Diagnosis Cancer

“Imagine your doctor could take some of your cells, slide them into a compartment on a smartphone and tell you if you had cancer in just an hour. You could be spared an agonizing wait for lab results. And your doctor could discuss the diagnosis and your treatment options in person.

A team led by Ralph Weissleder, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Systems Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Hakho Lee, PhD, also of the center, has created such a device.

It’s called the D3 system—for digital diffraction diagnosis. Born of Dr. Weissleder’s efforts to improve health care in a remote part of Africa, the D3 system is just one example of Mass General’s commitment to global health care.”


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