Mobile phones, increasingly important in our lives, now serve to detect anemia of hemoglobin levels with a simple fingernail. This is done thanks to a new application, according to a study published by Nature.
The new instrument, which is still under test and developed at the Emory University in Atlanta, can replace the in situ "traditional blood tests that are currently needed to diagnose and monitor patients with anemia.
To overcome these obstacles, Project Chief Expert Wilbur Lam and colleagues developed an algorithm that calculates the concentration of hemoglobin in the blood by analyzing the color and technical data of the nails shot in the photos.
Users who underline will be able to download to their phones or any other device the application that activates the algorithm. Scientists from the Emory University tested this tool for hundreds of people and found that he evaluated hemoglobin concentrations with a high degree of accuracy comparable to current methods of detecting anemia.
This tool would make it easier to diagnose anemia in regions lacking specialized equipment and trained personnel, allowing those affected to control hemoglobin levels in remote devices in less than a minute.
For the time being, it is necessary to perform more clinical tests to confirm their accuracy in larger population samples in order to replace traditional blood tests.