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A mobile-based telepathology system for a low resource setting in Ethiopia

Abate, Admasu and Kifle, Mengistu and Okuboyejo, Sena and Mbarika, Victor (2018) A mobile-based telepathology system for a low resource setting in Ethiopia. Applied Computing and Informatics, 14. pp. 186-191.

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In most developing countries like Ethiopia, blood count of a microscopic image is done manually which is tedious, time consuming and error-prone. Recent advances in technology have introduced the use image processing software especially mobile technology. This research designed a low-cost smart phone microscope adapter, and developed a decision support system for automatic blood cell count and malaria. The image acquisition and processing applying the adapter and the software was tested in two clinics. The result, compared to the manual way of diagnosing microscopic images, is simple for diagnostic process and provides better decision support for malaria and blood cell counting, as well as speed up the diagnosis process. For blood cell counting and malaria detection, it takes about 30 s to 1 min using this system, but using a manual system it takes around 10- 20 min. The preliminary result indicates that the developed system is cost-effective for higher and medium clinics in rural and urban clinic setup. This reduces the initial, running and maintenance cost of the laboratory equipment and also improves the quality of services.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blood cell counting Ethiopia malaria Smartphone Technology Telepathology
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2021 16:13
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2021 16:13

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