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Optical imaging techniques for point-of-care diagnostics

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Improving access to effective and affordable healthcare has long been a global endeavor. In this quest, the development of cost-effective and easy-to-use medical testing equipment that enables rapid and accurate diagnosis is essential to reduce the time and costs associated with healthcare services. To this end, point-of-care (POC) diagnostics plays a crucial role in healthcare delivery in both developed and developing countries by bringing medical testing to patients, or to sites near patients. As the diagnosis of a wide range of diseases, including various types of cancers and many endemics, relies on optical techniques, numerous compact and cost-effective optical imaging platforms have been developed in recent years for use at the POC. Here, we review the state-of-the-art optical imaging techniques that can have a significant impact on global health by facilitating effective and affordable POC diagnostics.

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30 Jul 2012
07 Sep 2012
First published
10 Sep 2012

Lab Chip, 2013,13, 51-67
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Critical Review

Optical imaging techniques for point-of-care diagnostics

H. Zhu, S. O. Isikman, O. Mudanyali, A. Greenbaum and A. Ozcan, Lab Chip, 2013, 13, 51
DOI: 10.1039/C2LC40864C

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