Screen Yourself for Skin Cancer With Your Phones Camera

by Larry Emmott on July 23, 2012

in Cameras,Diagnostics,Future Tech

Something like 90 percent of melanomas–the most serious kind of skin cancer–are visible to the naked eye, no MRI, CT scan, or other kind of sophisticated scanning or imaging necessary. So why bother getting screened at a clinic?

via Screen Yourself for Skin Cancer at Home With Your Phones Camera | Popular Science.

Another remarkable example of new technology disrupting the traditional ways of medicine. Three interesting items to ponder:

  • The system uses a cell phone. A bit of technology that is ubiquitous and inexpensive. It does not use a multi thousand dollar hospital based mega machine.
  • The patient can take their photos anywhere, they do not need to go to the doctor’s office or hospital.
  • This type of disruptive technology will bring the cost of diagnosis waaay down while most likely saving lives.

In my opinion this type of technology based free market innovation his far more likely to reduce the cost of medical care an improve outcomes that a central command and control plan.

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