An Automated Method for Diagnosing Malaria

Malaria is one of those diseases that people in the West don’t hear about much anymore, but in certain parts of the developing world it remains a serious problem. It’s estimated that approximately half of the world’s population is at risk for malaria and approximately 1 million people die of malaria each year. Because of its complex life cycle it may be difficult to prevent and diagnose malaria. Approximately 500 million blood tests are performed annually to diagnose the disease.

An Israeli company, SightDX, has produced a device based on computer vision and proprietary algorithms that can perform blood tests quicker, cheaper and more accurately than humans. The device can be operated in the field and does not require a skilled operator.

The following video shows how the device works:


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