The Schistoscope is a 3D printed, phone based diagnostic device to detect schistosomiasis in remote endemic areas, automatizing and simplifying diagnostics to increase access and accuracy. The Schistoscope uses a smartphone in combination with a reversed lens to identify Schistosomiasis eggs of 100 μm in urine samples. It captures the sample in one picture, created by a new way of filtering, and an algorithm detects the level of infection. Schistosomiasis is a waterborne neglected tropical disease with a high rate of morbidity and mortality in African countries. With 240 million people affected, it causes trouble in the mental development of children, fatal organ failure or bladder cancer. Due to lack of proper diagnostic methods, it is difficult to identify the endemic areas and treat infected populations.The Schistoscope is a simple yet smart onsite diagnostic device that can be produced and maintained locally in Africa. Its ease of use and smart algorithm allow local healthcare workers with low education to perform diagnosis test. Using the Schistoscope, up to 50 tests can be performed in a day, significantly improving the control and elimination of Schistosomiasis in the remote areas by bringing access to affordable diagnosis.
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