A smartphone solution for diagnostic testing in rural, remote areas
An SFU researcher is hoping to help women in rural areas access information about their reproductive health using a common tool in their pockets: a smartphone.
Zhendong Cao has developed a unique way to take advantage of a smartphone’s camera so that it could eventually help perform non-clinical diagnostic testing, with initial applications that can help women with family planning and reproductive health monitoring. He also graduated with his master’s in applied science this month.
Cao’s thesis project was co-supervised by engineering science professor Ash Parameswaran and health sciences professor Pablo Nepomnaschy. The research addresses a key challenge for Nepomnaschy’s field studies in Guatemala.