NoCamels: MobileOCT: The Incredible Social Startup That Uses Mobile Phones To Detect Cervical Cancer In Third-World Women
“A doctor can save a life at a time. As a technologist, we can save tens of lives at a time with what we create.”
The Israeli startup, MobileOCT is doing just that, aspiring to help the nearly 500,000 women around the world who are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year. They’ve transformed a smartphone camera into a mobile colposcope marked at $400 (compared to $10,000 for a traditional testing device). Bruce Kahn of Scripps Clinic in San Diego, a partner for MobileOCT, says that the device could replace pap smears. It’s not merely for developing countries but for women globally.
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A colposcope, which can be used to illuminate and magnify the image, can cost as much as $14,000.
That’s where MobileOCT, a Tel Aviv-based startup, comes in. David Levitz, a biomedical engineer and PhD, thought it would be possible to create a colposcope on a mobile phone. He pitched the idea to longtime friend Ariel Beery, who founded and ran social venture accelerator PresenTense, and they decided to put their plan in motion.
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