In the mountains of rural Taiwan, researchers stuck a $50 attachment to a Samsung smartphone that individuals can use at home to take images inside the nose or ear. When those images were transmitted to physicians’ offices, the physicians diagnosed with complete accuracy.
“Overtreatment of ear infections with antibiotics in preschoolers may cause antibiotic resistance and has caused millions of unnecessary visits and prescriptions for antibiotics in the United States,” they write. “…The smartphone-based otorhinoendoscope has the potential to change the doctor’s practice patterns of over utilizing antibiotics for ear infections. Currently, otolaryngologists can wait to see if a child’s infection improves or if antibiotic treatment is warranted after the series of clinical images are obtained from parents.” (More)