Faster, Better, Cheaper Microscopy

30 minutes to an hour. That’s the standard time for a lab technician to smear blood on a slide, prep it, scan it for malaria parasites and count them.

Imagine what that means for a clinic that sees dozens of patients per day. Manu Prakash did. Then the Stanford biophysicist who designed a $1 paper microscope designed a better way.

It’s called Octopi, a $250-$500 “high-speed, malaria-detecting device” that automatically scans slides for malaria parasites. Relying on “a neural network trained on more than 20,000 existing images,” it’s 120 times faster than traditional methods.

The Atlantic

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