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NIH Grant Supports Portable OCT Detection of Jaundice in Newborns

Nov 8, 2022, 02:00 AM by User Not Found

A smartphone-based system that relies on OCT to detect jaundice in newborns will be put to use diagnosing very young patients in the U.S. and Nigeria, thanks to a nearly $500,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH awarded the grant to the lab of Audrey Bowden, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, to test the usability of the system prototype, in the vicinity of Vanderbilt and in a clinical setting in Nigeria.

The basic concept of the device was presented by lab members earlier this year at SPIE Photonics West. The device is essentially a visible light OCT system with a single-mode fiber illumination source, using the camera of a commercial smartphone and...
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