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Diagnosing ear infection using smartphone

Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have developed a method that simplifies the diagnosis of ear infections (otitis media), something which annually affects half a billion children worldwide. The software-based method automatically analyses images from a digital otoscope and enables highly accurate diagnoses. The method is described in the journal EBioMedicine.

Otoscope
Low-cost custom-made video-otoscope that can be connected to a smartphone in diagnosing middle ear infections.
Credit: Claude Laurent