A Selfie Can Help You Detect Pancreatic Cancer

Rahul Gupta

With a survival rate of just 9 percent, pancreatic cancer has one of the worst prognosis. But now your smartphone will help you detect this disease in early stages, that too by just taking a selfie with Biliscreen.

Source: washington.edu

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new smartphone app called Biliscreen, that can help detect pancreatic cancer at early stages by just looking at your picture.

Today, the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer majorly rely on blood tests. In many cases, it is too late before the symptoms really start coming to the surface. That is the reason why there is very little to no survival chance in this disease but with this new smartphone app, early detection is possible.

Biliscreen uses the smartphone camera, along with computer algorithms to detect bilirubin levels in the white part of the patient’s eye. Bilirubin is a chemical compound which accumulates in large amounts when the person suffers from pancreatic cancer. This app basically scans the eye for increased levels of bilirubin, which can help in early diagnosis and treatment.

For now, the app relies on a specially designed 3D printed smartphone holder that captures a picture of the patient’s eye. but soon enough the developers are confident that Biliscreen would be able to diagnose without the help of any additional accessories. This could lead to a revolution in medical science where users could get themselves diagnosed with just a selfie.

Source: washington.edu

Pancreatic cancer is a terrible disease with no effective screening right now.

“Pancreatic cancer is a terrible disease with no effective screening right now. Our goal is to have more people who are unfortunate enough to get pancreatic cancer to be fortunate enough to catch it in time to have surgery that gives them a better chance of survival.” added Dr. Jim Taylor, a professor at the University of Washington’s Medicine Department of Pediatrics.

Prior to Biliscreen, University of Washington’s Ubiquitous Computing Lab also developed Bilicam, an app that screens newborn for jaundice by taking a picture of their skin.

In future, apps based on Biliscreen’s algorithm can be expected across the globe, however, the developers have not shared a definitive timeline yet.

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Rahul Gupta

Rahul Gupta has been closely following personal technology for over a decade. When not writing or talking about technology, Rahul loves to spend time with his motorbikes or brewing a nice cup of coffee.